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Avellar, Sarah, Jaime Thomas, Rebecca Kleinman, Emily Sama-Miller, Sara Woodruff, Rebecca Coughlin, and T’Pring Westbrook. “External Validity: The Next Step for Systematic Reviews?” (Evaluation Review, vol. 41, no. 4, August 2017, 283-325.) Subscription required.

August 2017

This article focuses on how systematic reviews address external validity, based on a brief scan of 19 systematic reviews and a more in-depth examination of information presented in a systematic review of home visiting research.

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Thomas, Jaime, Sarah Avellar, John Deke, and Philip Gleason. “Matched Comparison Group Design Standards in Systematic Reviews of Early Childhood Interventions.” (Evaluation Review, vol. 41, no. 3, June 2017, 240-279.) Subscription required.

June 2017

To help systematic reviews develop/refine quality standards and support researchers in using nonexperimental designs to estimate program effects, the authors address two questions: (1) How well do variables that systematic reviews typically require studies to account for explain variation in key child and family outcomes? (2) What methods should studies use to account for preexisting differences between intervention and comparison groups?

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Paulsell, Diane, Jaime Thomas, Shannon Monahan, and Neil Seftor. “A Trusted Source of Information How Systematic Reviews Can Support User Decisions About Adopting Evidence-Based Programs.” (Evaluation Review, vol. 41, no. 1, February 2017, 50-77.) Subscription required.

February 2017

To support user decisions about adopting evidence-based practices, this article discusses current systematic review practices (including HomVEE) and alternative approaches to synthesizing and presenting findings and providing information.

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Paulsell, Diane, Patricia Del Grosso, and Lauren Supplee. "Supporting Replication and Scale-Up of Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs: Assessing the Implementation Knowledge Base." (American Journal of Public Health, vol. 104, no. 9, September 2014.) Subscription required.

September 2014

This article evaluated the knowledge base supporting replication and scale-up of evidence-based programs by reviewing the research literature on 22 home visiting programs that have or are building an evidence base. The authors used the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation to assess programs.

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Avellar, Sarah and Lauren Supplee. "Effectiveness of Home Visiting in Improving Child Health and Reducing Child Maltreatment." (Pediatrics, vol. 132, supplement 2, November 2013.) Subscription required.

November 2013

This article found existing rigorous research indicates that home visiting programs serving at-risk pregnant women and children from birth to age 5 have the potential for positive results for these families, particularly in the areas of health care usage and child development.

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Supplee, L., Paulsell, D., & Avellar, S. (2012). “What Works in Home Visiting Programs?” In What Works in Child Welfare, edited by P. Curtis and G. Alexander. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of American Press, 39-61.

June 2012

This book chapter provides an introduction to the purpose and scope of home visiting programs, an overview of related US legislation, and an explanation of the HomVEE review process used to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. Additional sections of the chapter cover the lessons learned from literature on home visiting programs and implications for policy and practice. Several examples are also provided on reviews of home visiting programs that aim to prevent child abuse and neglect.


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