Home Visiting Longitudinal Research Study

Closing the achievement gap by engaging parents in their child’s development and education before birth

The Ounce of Prevention Fund has planned a rigorous research study to document the positive impact on child development of home visiting programs and to garner support among policymakers for increased public investments. The four-year, randomized control trial includes a diverse group of mothers and will measure outcomes such as breastfeeding, parenting skills, and children’s social-emotional development.

The state of Illinois was awarded a grant from the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) as a result of a competitive proposal for expansion of promising home visiting models. This grant award included funding for the randomized study of the Ounce’s doula/home visiting program.

The Ounce is partnering with faculty at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration to develop and implement this research study.

Private funding has been essential to the planning and implementation of this study. To learn more about or to support this project, please contact April Wozniak, Director of Development, at 312.922.3863.

The planning phase of this project has been generously supported by The Philanthropic Collaborative.