Taking Home Visiting Programs to Scale in Texas: Lessons Learned from Implementation

Taking Home Visiting Programs to Scale in Texas: Lessons Learned from Implementation

The Program Implementation Evaluation (PIE) of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) Program aimed to better understand the factors that advance or limit the successful implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs in Texas, and the ability of these programs to produce positive outcomes for children and families. Over the course of the five-year study, THV served families in nine communities in 17 counties with three home visiting program models totaling 31 separate home visiting programs in high-need areas around Texas.

Regardless of the amount of prior experience primary contractors and/or subcontractors within each community had implementing home visiting programs at the onset of THV, after five years, each of the THV communities was successfully recruiting and enrolling high-risk families. All programs continued to struggle to deliver the intended number of visits and keep families enrolled for at least one year, but they managed to provide most of the needed services in the visits they did have with families.

In new policy brief, Taking Home Visiting Programs to Scale in Texas: Lessons Learned from Implementation, we highlight the lessons learned as the THV communities overcame challenges and barriers to get to where they are today.

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March 10, 2018