Design, Sites, and Data Sources
MIHOPE uses a rigorous study design. The study includes three components:
An analysis of the state needs assessments that were provided in the state MIECHV applications
An effectiveness study that incorporates random assignment and an implementation study, which together will investigate how the program models operate in their local and state contexts, describe the families who participate, and examine health disparities and outcomes
An economic analysis that will estimate the financial costs of operating the programs
Data will be collected through a variety of means, including surveys, reviews of program policies, administrative records, interviews with state administrators, videotaped observations of selected home visits, web-based surveys of local staffs, and web-based activity logs kept by home visitors and supervisors.
The study includes 88 program sites in 12 states nationwide: California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. In January 2015 early findings were released in the MIHOPE Report to Congress.