Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Oregon Retention Evaluation (MORE)

    The State of Oregon’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program is a systemic change effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and culturally responsive home visiting system that effectively and efficiently meets the needs of Oregon's pregnant women, mothers, children and families. Under the auspices of MIECHV, three evidence-based home visiting programs (i.e., Early Head Start, Healthy Families Oregon, and Nurse Family Partnership) are provided to families residing in 13 urban, suburban, rural, and frontier Oregon counties.

    The Regional Research Institute at Portland State University has been charged with implementing the most recent expansion grant evaluation, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems and sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority. The purpose of the evaluation is to contribute to the growing body of information about factors supporting successful family retention in home visiting programs through the implementation of three complementary studies.

    The first study is a quantitative analysis utilizing the state-wide MIECHV administrative data system and surveys of Home Visitors and Supervisors to examine multilevel factors to predict retention. The second inquiry is an in-depth qualitative interview study looking at the perceptions of enrollment and experiences of retention and leaving services across triads (separate interviews over time with mother, Home Visitor, and Supervisor). Finally, the third study will employ case study methods to examine the effects of system integration efforts within a subset of the 13 counties.  Throughout the evaluation, our team will employ the guidance of a statewide home visiting advisory group to bring insights to how best to engage the field and make meaning of study findings.

    The evaluation team is committed to fostering the translation of research findings into both program decision-making and direct practice and will seek to employ innovative dissemination methods to achieve this goal. For more information please contact the Principal Investigator, Anna Rockhill at rockhill@pdx.edu.