The javascript used on this site for creative design effects is not supported by your browser. Please note that this will not affect access to the content on this web site.
Skip Navigation
H H S Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health

A-Z Index  |  Questions? 

The MCHB website will experience a temporary service outage on Saturday, July 2, 2016 for scheduled server maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Print this
  • Email this

Performance Reporting and Evaluation Resources

HRSA requires Federal Home Visiting Program grantees to report on their program’s performance. The information and resources below aim to assist grantees in:

  • preparing and submitting required performance reports,
  • measuring their program’s performance,
  • providing continuous quality improvement, and
  • evaluating their program.

Six Benchmark Domains

Grantees must collect and report data on program implementation and performance for eligible families participating in the six benchmark areas:

  • improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health;
  • prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment and reductions of emergency room visits;
  • improvements in school readiness and child academic achievement;
  • reductions in crime or domestic violence;
  • improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
  • improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

Fiscal Year 2017 Performance Measures

Due to several questions received from grantees, DHVECS would like to clarify guidance related to the reporting of index children for the purposes of FY 2017 annual performance reporting.  Guidance for reporting index children on Form 1 remains the same as in previous years.  As such, all children who meet the definition of an index child who were enrolled in home visiting services during the reporting period should be reported on Form 1.

For the purposes of Form 2, the same standard used for Form 1 will apply.  All children who meet the definition of an index child, were enrolled in home visiting services during the reporting period, and meet the inclusion criteria for a given measure should be reported in the appropriate measures contained in Form 2.  DHVECS acknowledges that this is a change in guidance from previous reporting periods.  Due to the potential extent of this change for some grantees, DHVECS is issuing the following guidance:

Grantees must report all index children enrolled in the program, including subsequent pregnancies after enrollment, on Form 2.  However, grantees who are unable to meet this requirement for the FY 2017 reporting period (10/1/2016-9/30/2017) may begin implementing this standard for the FY 2018 reporting period (10/1/2017-9/30/2018).  This phased-in approach applies only to Form 2.  Grantees should indicate in their Performance Measurement Plans how they will report index children on Form 2.  All grantees are expected to report all enrollees, including all index children, on Form 1.

Please note that the definition of an index child has been updated to further clarify that multiple index children per family may be enrolled.  Grantees should follow programmatic and model-specific guidance related to the enrollment and reporting of multiple index children per household.  Guidance related to the identification and reporting of primary caregivers is not impacted by this guidance.    

In October 2016, HHS revised performance reporting requirements for Federal Home Visiting grantees.  

The updates aim to simplify, standardize, and strengthen the performance measurement system. To meet these goals, HHS engaged in a year-long process that included Federal Home Visiting grantees, federal partners, home visiting model developers, and other stakeholders to revise the performance measurement system.  

Use the resources below to understand and report on your program’s performance.




Various Resources

Quarterly Performance Reporting

Federal Home Visiting grantees must submit quarterly performance reports (PDF – 319 KB), which serve to assist HRSA in monitoring grants and providing oversight.

The forms include a select number of service utilization and staffing measures, which have the potential to change frequently. We require additional benchmark performance data from grantees that have not demonstrated improvement in four of the six benchmark areas and are currently on an Improvement Plan.

Fiscal Year 2016 and Prior Performance Measures

The Federal Home Visiting Program required that grantees demonstrate measurable improvement in at least four of six benchmark domains. However, grantees still had the flexibility to develop their own performance measures that were meaningful for their specific programs.


Summary Reports

Various Resources

Home Visiting Evaluation

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (MIHOPE) contract conducts the legislatively-mandated evaluation of the Federal Home Visiting program involving multiple tasks and activities that together provide federal and state policymakers, service providers, and other interested parties with valuable information about the effectiveness of these federally-funded programs in improving outcomes for children and families.

Technical Assistance

Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE)

Strengthen program evaluations, track and report on federal benchmarks, and implement quality improvement systems.


Measurement Brief (PDF - 393 KB)