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.
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.
- FHV Reporting Requirements for 2018 (Updated May 2018) (PDF)
- FHV Reporting Requirements for 2017 (PDF)
Data Collection Forms
- MIECHV Evaluation Forms Packet July 2018 (PDF)
- FHV Evaluation Data Collection Forms January 2015 (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes in Reporting
- MIECHV Forms Guidance 2018 (PDF)
- FHV Forms Guidance 2015 (PDF)
- Changes to FHV Reporting Effective 10/1/2016 (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions updated 9/27/2016 (PDF)
- FHVRES Benchmark & Ad Hoc Reports: How to run Benchmark and Ad-Hoc reports on Family Home Visiting data in the Minnesota Electronic Disease Surveillance System (MEDSS) https://youtu.be/P5SxKFi36qU
- FHVRES Data Submission: How to submit Family Home Visiting data in the Minnesota Electronic Disease Surveillance System (MEDSS). https://youtu.be/SENKJkY2jQ4
- FHVRES Using Submission & Validation Reports: How to use the Submission and Validation Reports (MEDSS). https://youtu.be/e05QmZL7C78
- MIECHV Forms Application Training: Reviewing the new Java-based application distributed to MIECHV-funded Programs for the purposes of collecting data needed by the MIECHV grant. https://youtu.be/rcGCfGGSyU0
- New MIECHV Measures: Review of the new 2016 performance measures developed by HRSA for the MIECHV grant. https://youtu.be/c6EodpFQRtk
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.