Evidence-Based Home Visiting (Strong Foundations)
Strong Foundations, Illinois’ Evidence Based Home Visiting (EBHV) initiative, began in the fall of 2008 and concluded in the fall of 2013.
Illinois was one of 17 grantees in 15 states to receive funding from the Children’s Bureau to develop infrastructure to support the implementation, scale up, and sustainability of evidence-based home visiting programs for the prevention of child maltreatment. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) collaborated with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), and the Home Visiting Task Force (HVTF) of the Illinois Early Learning Council (ELC) to plan and implement Strong Foundations. Chapin Hall conducted the program evaluation.
The primary purpose of Strong Foundations was to enhance and strengthen the state infrastructure (governance, funding, monitoring and quality improvement, and training and technical assistance) that supports close to 200 evidence-based home visiting programs in Illinois. The initiative’s underlying assumption: a well-functioning and effective infrastructure at the state level will support and be reflected in a well-functioning and effective local system and the successful operation of program sites. If programs operate successfully, they will produce long-term, positive outcomes on maternal life course, child development, and the prevention of child maltreatment similar to those observed in randomized controlled trials of evidence-based programs.
Following these assumptions, the two overarching goals for Strong Foundations were to (1) implement activities to strengthen the infrastructure of supports for home visiting programs in Illinois and (2) ensure that programs operate with fidelity to their model and are supported with necessary training and resources. Although the long-term goal was to strengthen the system that supports all evidenced-based home visiting programs in the state, the initiative focused on three models of evidence-based home visiting programs in Illinois: Parents as Teachers (PAT), Healthy Families America (HFA), and the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).
Year 4 Evaluation Report (2013) coming soon
Year 3 Evaluation Report (2012)
Year 2 Evaluation Report (2011)