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State-Tribal Collaboration in Home Visiting: Lessons Learned for Improving Data Collection and Utilization

Project: Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation

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The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program presents an opportunity to strengthen state-tribal collaboration while implementing evidence-based home visiting services in tribal communities.

MIECHV funds states, territories, jurisdictions, or nonprofits, which then typically contract with local implementing agencies (LIAs) to deliver home visiting services. A collaborative focus on data collection, management, and reporting can help tribal nations safeguard the privacy of their citizens while ensuring states and tribes can effectively use data to improve services and sustain programming.

The brief describes three principles state MIECHV awardees and tribal LIAs can use to strengthen data practice collaboration: transparency, ongoing communication, and reciprocal relationships. It includes implementation strategies, case studies, and additional resources.