Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)® Meets HHS Criteria

Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2020

In brief

Evidence of model effectiveness

This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.

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Model description

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) aims to support parents and caregivers as their children’s first teacher. The model is designed for parents who want to gain confidence in their ability to teach their children and prepare them for success, including parents with limited formal education or limited financial resources. HIPPY offers weekly, hour-long home visits for 30 weeks per year and two-hour group meetings at least six times per year. HIPPY sites are encouraged to offer the four-year program option serving 2- through 5-year-olds but must offer at least a two-year program option. The home visitors are typically drawn from the same population that a HIPPY site serves, and each site is staffed by a professional program coordinator who oversees implementation and supervises the home visitors. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of evidence

Results of search and review
Number of manuscripts
At least one finding was eligible for review…
  …and at least one finding rated high
  …and at least one finding rated moderate (but none rated high)
  …and all findings that were eligible for review rated low
  …but manuscript is additional source2

For more information, see the research database. For more information on the criteria used to rate research, please see details of HomVEE’s methods and standards.

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Summary of findings

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Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Information based on comprehensive review of all high- and moderate-rated manuscripts
CriterionCriterion descriptionCriterion met?
1High- or moderate-quality impact study?Yes
2Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in at least two outcome domains within one sample OR the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?Yes
3Favorable impacts on full sample?Yes
4Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?
Reported for all research but only required for RCTs.
5One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?
Reported for all research but only required for RCTs.
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