Project overview

The Department of Health and Human Services launched Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature. HomVEE provides an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for early childhood home visiting models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry (that is, up through age 5). To carry out the HomVEE review, each year Mathematicaconducts a thorough search of the research literature on home visiting. Mathematica also issues a call for studies to identify additional research, reviews the literature, assesses the quality of research studies, and evaluates the strength of evidence for specific early childhood home visiting models.

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature. HomVEE provides an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for early childhood home visiting models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry (that is, up through age 5). The HomVEE review is being conducted by Mathematica. The review was initially conducted under the guidance of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interagency working group composed of representatives from:

  • The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • The Children’s Bureau, ACF
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

HomVEE provides information about which early childhood home visiting models are evidence based (as defined by HHS), as well as detailed information about the samples of families that participated in the research, the findings in each manuscript, and the implementation guidelines for each early childhood home visiting model.

This HomVEE summary provides an overview of the HomVEE review process and a summary of the review results.

1The review was conducted in partnership with the National Institutes of Health library during the first year of review.

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