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HARC houses a diverse practice-based research network (PBRN) for conducting collaborative, field-initiated studies with local home visiting programs, regardless of the particular model of home visiting being used. The PBRN is a voluntary network. Any local program that provides home visiting for expectant families and/or families of children birth to five years as its primary service strategy is welcome to join, as are directors of local networks, state leads, home visiting programs, and researchers who have an interest in home visiting research.
In 2012, HARC developed the national home visiting research agenda. Built using input from home visiting programs as well as other stakeholders, the agenda’s research priorities focus on areas with considerable relevance to local programs. The diverse PBRN within HARC will advance the field through multi-site studies addressing these priorities.
The PBRN is designed to bring together programs and researchers to answer the types of questions those running home visiting programs have about their own practice.
HARC aims to initiate multiple studies each year through the PBRN. Studies will range from simple surveys to those with more complex designs, such as piloting new measures or testing interventions to improve practice. Member programs can participate in specific studies but are under no obligation to take part in any particular study. Member programs can also propose studies on specific topics related to the research agenda (as can network and research members). They can collaborate in designing studies so that the methods reflect their perspectives and the results are useful for decision-making. Members will be the first to access results from these studies.