Nearly 100 participants showed their interest in using research to better tailor services to children and families by joining an October 15 webinar on precision home visiting. The hourlong session featured Senior Research Associate Matt Poes, along with noted experts Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D., associate professor at Erikson Institute, and Anne Duggan, Sc.D., professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Proponents of precision home visiting believe that programs can more effectively target services to families by identifying “active ingredients” empirically proven to be responsible for changes in specific outcomes. The webinar introduced these concepts and walked participants through the evaluation of an initiative in New Jersey and Maryland that uses family goal planning to match services to families’ unique strengths, risks, and needs.
Poes, Korfmacher, and Duggan work with the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative, which unites researchers and stakeholders dedicated to supporting improved outcomes for children and families through home visiting research. JBA is represented on the collaborative’s steering committee and works with other home visiting leaders to refine the research agenda and oversee its progress.
The webinar was made possible by the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium, in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development. The full recording is available online.