AmeriCorps Impact Evaluation - Sacramento County: Birth and Beyond Home Visitation Program 2013-2015

Program/Intervention: 
Birth and Beyond Home Visitation Program
Implementing Organization: 
Birth and Beyond Family Resource Center
Intermediary(s): 
California Volunteers
Summary: 

Birth and Beyond Family Resource Center Initiative considered the impact of the home visitation (HV) parenting education program delivered by AmeriCorps members on parenting skills. The study also measured the impact on likelihood of referral to Child Protection Services of parents who received at least 8 hours of programming, compared to similar parents who did not participate in the program.

The study found that in comparison, participating parents:

  • Showed a statistically significant improvement in parenting skills and attitudes,
  • Were 41% less likely to have a substantiated referral to CPS, and
  • Were 18% less likely to be referred to CPS at all.

Additionally, for parents with previous CPS history, receiving 25-34 hours of HV program services demonstrated the greatest reduction in post-program referrals of any kind.

CNCS Program(s): 
AmeriCorps State and National
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Healthy Futures
Study Type(s): 
Impact
Study Design(s): 
Quasi-Experimental (QED)
Level of Evidence: 
Moderate
Evaluator: 
LPC Consulting Associates, Inc.
Year Published: 
2015
Date Posted Online: 
November 8, 2016
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