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2019 Collaborative Science of Home Visiting Meeting

HARC held its fourth annual Collaborative Science of Home Visiting Meeting in Washington, DC on January 30th, 2019. Slides for the breakout sessions are posted below.

The meeting agenda included panel presentations by HARC members who use innovative research methods to study precision home visiting, as shown below.

Session A: From Secondary Data Analysis to Precision in Home Visiting

Second child birthweight: How home visiting dose and first child birthweight interact

Maggie Holland, Yale University

Rates of enrollment and outcomes of home visiting for mothers with and without a history of foster care

Sarah Beal, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Maternal ACEs and family engagement in home visiting: Implications for precision home visiting

Stephanie Parade, Brown Alpert Medical School


Session B: Linking Family Characteristics to Theories of Change and Active Ingredients

Development of a novel trauma-informed approach to home visiting

Ted Folger, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Oklahoma home visiting learning collaborative: Lemonade for life and short-term retention

David Bard, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Individualization as an active ingredient for evidence-based intervention in home visiting: An empirical examination of little talks

Patti Manz and Diamond Carr, Lehigh University


The meeting also included three concurrent workshops (see below) led by experts in the field on key concepts related to precision home visiting. Prior to the meeting, attendees were sent suggested pre-readings and thought exercises related to their selected workshop. The shared goals of the sessions were to have attendees come away with actionable steps to implement in their own work in the immediate future. The three workshops were:

  1. Preparing for Rapid Cycle and Adaptive Designs
    • Participants learned about the prerequisite conditions needed to create rapid cycle and adaptive research designs. For example, participants discussed the features of outcome variables suited to rapid cycle evaluation.
  2. Engaging Families and Key Stakeholders
    • Innovative research methods benefit from and rely on collaboration with families and other key stakeholders. Participants learned about the continuum of family and stakeholder engagement and considered ways to move their own research farther along this continuum.
  3. Developing Coherent and Precise Interventions
    • Programs are more likely to reach their goals when guided by a precise, coherent model that clearly defines the paths from active ingredients to outcomes. These models facilitate testing what works for whom in what contexts. Participants learned how to develop, refine, and improve testing of a coherent and precise model.

Presentations from past meetings can be found here (2015), here (2016), and here (2018).