The project evaluated the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Prevention Initiative (PI) Programs. Goals of the evaluation included assessing program quality as defined by ISBE birth to three standards and exploring the kind of work programs do with families. Programs were selected for inclusion in the study to represent a variety of sizes, locations, and program models used throughout the state, and about 30 out of the 158 grantees across Illinois will participate.
We assessed program quality using the Home Visiting Program Quality Rating Tool (HVPQRT), which includes a one-day site visit involving program staff interviews and documentation review. To better understand how programs work with families, we observed parent-child interaction groups, and conducted case studies with families, which involve observations of recorded home visits and interviews/surveys with home visitors and families. Through the study, home visitors had the opportunity to become trained and certified in an established tool for assessing parent-child interaction.