*Names in bold indicate Presenter
MIHOPE is using a random assignment research design to examine the impacts of home visiting programs across a broad range of domains, including maternal and child health; parenting; family self-sufficiency; and referral and coordination with other service providers. It also includes a multi-level implementation study that is designed to assess in detail the strategies that local programs use to affect each outcome domain. The study will include approximately 12 states and 85 local implementing agencies. With 85 small study sites rather than a few large sites, the study is specifically designed to merge the implementation and impact studies to “get inside the black box.” The analyses will link the impacts in each of the 85 study sites to the program features and implementation strategies used in each site, to provide new, rigorous evidence about which specific program elements and implementation strategies are associated with the largest impacts for families and children.
Finally, the study will provide information to the growing field of implementation science about the features of program models; characteristics of implementing organizations, communities, program staff, and participating families; and supports for program implementation that are most critical to successfully scaling up evidence-based programs. The presentation will discuss how the study is designed to inform future policy and practice, as well as how its approaches and findings will advance the knowledge base in implementation science more generally.