HARC seeks to broaden and strengthen home visiting’s benefits for ALL families and communities by supporting high impact research and evaluation that informs practice and program improvement.

Our approach is grounded in three hallmarks:

  1. Partnership
  2. Precision
  3. Efficiency

Partnership means bringing together families, home visiting staff, home visiting models, Tribal and state leads, policy makers, funders, researchers, evaluators, and other interested groups to design and conduct high impact research that informs practice and program improvement. Partnership helps ensure that research topics and methods are relevant and equitable, and that interpretations of findings are accurate and useful. As the proverb says, “If you want to go far, go together.”

Precision means using clear and exact language to describe core components of home visiting interventions to better understand how they align with family needs and lead to positive outcomes in a specific context. Precision home visiting research seeks to determine what components work best, for which families, and in what circumstances.

Efficiency means designing research in ways that speed up our ability to generate and use findings from research and evaluation to improve practice. Current research-to-practice pipelines are too long. To address urgent and emerging issues, we need innovative methods that will reduce the time it takes to produce research and use the findings to inform practice and program improvement.

HARC is developing a new framework for the next generation of home visiting research grounded in partnership, precision, and efficiency. We refer to this approach as precision research because it focuses on understanding the different experiences and outcomes of home visiting program participants, providers, and communities. Precision home visiting research findings can inform program improvements, adaptations, and enhancements in ways that optimize benefits for all who are involved.

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