Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin
Home visiting has become the cornerstone of comprehensive human services that promote healthy child development and support optimal family development. The Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin (Outcomes Project) was initiated in 2001 as a voluntary, non state funded collaborative project of home visiting service providers, and public and private funders, under the leadership of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Child Abuse Prevention Fund (CAP Fund). Organizations that are a part of the Outcomes Project have a primary interest in preventing intentional and unintentional injury, improving family function, and promoting optimal child health and development.
Since 2001, through the Outcomes Project, a cutting-edge, nationally recognized measurement framework for the field of home visitation was designed and implemented in Wisconsin. The evaluation framework consists of five key outcomes that reflect expected results from the field of home visitation and are based upon best practice principles. Indicators are linked to each of the five outcomes and are measurable across a variety of evidence-based program models.
The Outcomes Project is built on the hypothesis that by using an outcome measurement framework, common data can measure the impact of home visitation on promoting positive results for families and children. Using research-based, scientifically proven screening tools that have reliable measures, programs have data to collectively measure the impact on individual families. Home visitation programs also have comparative data to determine program quality and plan program improvements.
The 2011 Outcome Attainment Report contains analysis of 819 children activelty enrolled in one of the eight participating home visiting programs. Some key findings in 2011 are:
- A total of 380 infants had a basic health screening and 95.8 percent were up to date for their age and on track to be fully immunized by age 2. In addition, 96 percent had all recommended well-child visits for their age as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- A total of 423 children older than 1 year had their healthcare utilization reviewed and 97.2 percent were up to date on all scheduled immunizations. In addition, 98.6 percent had received a routine health exam within the last 12 months.
- Overall, of the 819 children enrolled in the Outcomes Project, 804, (98 percent) had a primary care doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic where they go for medical care.
- 660 children enrolled received an Ages & Stages Questionnaires-3™ developmental screening. A total of 210 (78.7 percent) of children received at least one service within 2 months of identification of potential delay, score in the monitoring zone, or parental concern.
Download the 2011 Outcome Attainment Report.