Home Visitation Workforce Study

Assessing Services in the Northwestern United States

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In collaboration with University of Colorado - Denver, DU's Butler Institute for Families conducted a comprehensive survey of the early childhood home visitation workforce within the Health Resources and Services Administration in Region X, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 

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About the Project

This project sought to understand the composition, education, professional experience, work environment, health and early experiences of the early childhood home visitation workforce in the Northwestern United States. The goal of the study was to use the findings to help improve supports and professional development.

The work done was part of a larger initiative to increase support and development opportunities for home visitors nationwide. We developed and administered a survey to approximately 1,000 home-visiting staff in the region, conducted follow-up interviews with a targeted sample and collected exit surveys from participants who left their home visiting jobs during the course of the study duration.

This project was a collaboration between DU's Butler Institute for Families, the University of Colorado - Denver's School of Education & Human Development, the Public Consulting Group and various regional agencies.

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Meg Franko

Meg Franko is Director of Research and Evaluation at the University of Denver's Butler Institute for Families, where she works on finding ways to improve child- and family-serving organizations. After beginning her career in public policy, with a focus on transportation and air quality, she shifted over to working on early childhood issues after having children of her own, discovering systems--building from there.