Design, Sites, and Data Sources
MIHOPE-Strong Start, like MIHOPE, will use a random assignment research design, with part of the sample assigned to a home visiting program and part assigned to a control group. The study expands on MIHOPE in several ways:
- MIHOPE is expected to operate in about 12 states; MIHOPE-Strong Start will include those 12 states and additional states.
- MIHOPE includes about 40 local MIECHV programs operating either the Healthy Families America or the Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting model. MIHOPE-Strong Start plans to include a portion of these 40 sites as well as additional MIECHV and non-MIECHV sites operating one of these two models.
- Families recruited for MIHOPE will be expecting a baby or have a child up to six months old; MIHOPE-Strong Start is targeting expectant mothers who are up to 32 weeks pregnant and enrolled in Medicaid.
- MIHOPE will assess the effects of the programs on a variety of child and parent outcomes; MIHOPE-Strong Start will focus on prenatal health and birth outcomes.
Data will be collected from multiple sources, including surveys; state Medicaid, CHIP, and vital records databases; and program service records kept by local home visiting programs.
The research team began enrolling sites into the study in summer 2013. Three annual reports will be produced, followed by a final report. The first annual report was published December 2013.