Program Evaluation of a Home Visiting Program: Perspective of Home Visitors

Title

Program Evaluation of a Home Visiting Program: Perspective of Home Visitors

College

College of Health Sciences

Program

D.N.P. Nursing Practice - Advanced Practice

Publication Date

3-28-2019

Abstract

Purpose: A program evaluation to determine if home visitors at Child Development Resources (CDR) are comfortable and have adequate knowledge and resources to provide sufficient support to families, and what home visitors view as facilitators and barriers to providing these resources. Research Questions/Hypothesis: (1)Do home visitors believe they have adequate knowledge and resources to provide sufficient support to families? (2)What are the home visitors’ perceived barriers to carry out goals of the home-visiting program? (3)What are the perceptions, attitudes, and/or beliefs of the home visitors related to the benefits of home-visiting programs? (4) Do home visitors believe the addition of technology to home visits would improve patient outcomes? Significance: This study will provide CDR with information that will aim to improve their home-visiting program to provide better education and support to low-socioeconomic and high-risk families. Because low-socioeconomic families are more at risk for adverse health effects, this program is essential to health promotion and improvement of the families in this community. Methods: This research study is a program evaluation of the home-visiting program at CDR using a descriptive design. The study will be conducted using a convenience sample of approximately 30 home visitor participants. A demographics survey, CDR home-visiting program survey, and a breastfeeding knowledge tool are being collected and analyzed. Findings: The results from this study showed home-visitors would benefit from added education regarding breastfeeding, maternal-infant bonding, and more. There was not an overwhelming response to employee’s preference as to whether they perceived implementing technology into visits would be beneficial; the majority of employees were neutral on the matter. Discussion: There is little research to currently understand how home visitors perceive program information they are providing to families. The information gathered from this study can be used to improve home-visiting programs, which will create better health outcomes for mothers and children.

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