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Review Process

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How does a model get on the HomVEE list?

The answer to this question has two parts: (1) how a program model is selected for review; and (2) whether a model is determined to meet the criteria established by DHHS for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.”

HomVEE uses a systematic process to select program models for review. We conduct a literature search and issue a call for papers. Using the identified research, models are then assigned points based on (1) the number and design of the impact studies and (2) sample sizes of the impact studies. Program models are ranked by accumulated points and those with higher rankings are selected for review. For more information on the review process, please see the review page.

HomVEE assesses each selected model to determine if it meets the DHHS criteria for an evidence-based program. Information on each reviewed program model is included on the HomVEE website, regardless of whether the models meet the DHHS criteria, which can be accessed on each model’s “In Brief” page. A full list of models, and whether they meet the DHHS criteria, is available in the program model evidence summary table.

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May I submit research on my model for review?

Yes, in January of each year, HomVEE issues a call for papers. The call is sent to relevant listservs and also will be posted on the HomVEE website with submission instructions.

Our goals are to treat all program models consistently and fairly and to have a complete picture of all observed effects for a model. Therefore, HomVEE has a systematic process for identifying all relevant research and ranking program models for review based on the available empirical evidence. Because of this process, we cannot review new studies on request.

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May I appeal the review results?

You may request a re-review if you think the DHHS criteria has been misapplied, information is missing, or there are errors on the HomVEE website. These concerns should be described in detail and submitted to: hvee@mathematica-mpr.com. If DHHS approves the request, a re-review team made up of members external to the original contractor who were not involved in the original review will conduct a new, independent review. For more information on the re-review process, see Requests for Reconsideration of Evidence Determinations.

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Can you provide information regarding the timing of re-review of programs that have submitted an appeal? For example, when is re-review expected to be complete and results disseminated?

DHHS will issue a final decision within 60 days of the submission of the request for re-review. All requests must be submitted to hvee@mathematica-mpr.com. If the model is approved as meeting the DHHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness, all states will be notified.

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