Pew Issues Findings and Recommendations on Home Visiting
A report from the Pew Center on the States concludes that state governments are not maximizing the opportunities provided by federal home visiting funding. According to the Pew surveys, states do not:
- Use evidence-based programs
- Adequately track outcomes
- Target the most needy families
The report emphasizes that using those strategies would provide a greater return on taxpayer investment.
The study also finds that current funding is inadequate to address the need for home visiting interventions. Pew issued the following guidance to states for effectively using current funds and positioning themselves to maximize future funding opportunities:
- Require tracking of all home visiting funds
- Insist on and invest in programs with a foundation in research
- Support and require programs to monitor performance and evaluate key outcomes
- Set clear, evidence-based eligibility guidelines and develop systems to ensure compliance
- Use the best available data about families to determine appropriate home visiting allocations and to establish a realistic plan for expansion
Page 11 of the report also provides descriptions of seven federally approved evidence-based programs.
The Pew website has state-specific data and information on home visiting programs.
About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more