Evaluation - Family Home Visiting

Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) collects data on statewide outcomes and measures of local public health family home visiting (FHV) services.

This data is collected to identify training and technical assistance needs, to measure performance at state, regional and local levels and for continuous quality improvement. In addition, public and private partners use this information to make decisions about investing in FHV and to improve early childhood and health care services.

Evaluation Work Group

MDH convenes the FHV Evaluation Work Group, which includes regular participants from several local public health FHV programs as well as other stakeholders in Minnesota’s FHV data collection and evaluation. This group advises MDH on the feasibility of FHV data collection and choice of meaningful measures for program monitoring and evaluation, and facilitates communication between the MDH FHV program and local public health agencies on data collection and performance measurement.

For information on participating in the FHV Evaluation Work Group, contact Health.FHVData@state.mn.us.

Data Collection and Reporting

Reporting Requirements

Data Collection Forms

FHV programs that do not have a data system for collection of data in the above forms can request a computer application from MDH. For more information contact health.fhvdata@state.mn.us.

Guidance for Filling out Forms

Changes to FHV Reporting - October 2016

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

The MDH FHV Section is committed to the principles of CQI and supports efforts at both the state and local level to improve the effectiveness and delivery of family home visiting services provided to families with young children. These guiding principles include:

  • A focus on improving services from the client’s perspective
  • Meaningful engagement at all levels is required for success
  • Recognition that all processes can be improved
  • Continual learning using an “all teach, all learn” philosophy
  • Decision-making is improved by using both data and team knowledge
  • The goal of CQI is improvement, not blame

MDH’s goal is to assist local FHV programs in using a consistent and planned method to improve processes that support the delivery of FHV services to families with young children. MDH provides technical assistance (TA), consultation, and resources to increase CQI capacity at the local FHV program level.

For more information about Minnesota’s FHV CQI efforts, contact Health.FHVData@state.mn.us.