Florida MIECHV is results-focused. Data are collected by the local implementation sites on participating families, services and outcomes around the six focus areas of the initiative. These data are used for federal reporting and to guide program management at the state and community levels.
Data are critical for monitoring program implementation and ensuring model fidelity for optimal impact on families and their children. Data are also the foundation for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts undertaken by the state and local implementation sites.
Finally, data collected as part of Florida MIECHV will be analyzed by the USF Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center, the state evaluator, to measure the effect of the MIECHV initiative on participating families and communities. Evaluation results will be used to refine future implementation of the initiative.
MIECHV State Evaluation
The state MIECHV evaluation led by the USF Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center, seeks to answer three overarching research questions:
- Did the MIECHV program impact participant outcomes in Florida?
- Did the MIECHV program impact collaboration and systems development?
- Did the MIECHV program demonstrate a return on investment (ROI)?
The Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships (PARTNER), online survey tool has been completed for the 11 MIECHV-funded sites. PARTNER quantitatively describes and measures collaboration among agencies, organizations, and groups in a community. The social network analysis and collaboration tool was developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Surveys, focus groups and interviews with staff and participants will supplement and provide a context for PARTNER tool results and other information collected as part of the evaluation. Baseline information will be compared with follow-up surveys conducted in subsequent years to measure the impact of the projects.
In addition, the state evaluation team produces periodic reports on special topics, such as Maternal Depression, that impact families served by FL MIECHV.