Agenda Item # 8

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

April 23, 2013

Agenda Report # 65
TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: MDRC Grant -- formally Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
Maternal and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation

INITIATED BY: Jennifer Davidson, Cooperative Extension


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and, if approved, accept the Maternal and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation Grant for the period of May 15, 2013 to June 20, 2016, from MDRC (formally Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation), a non-partisan education and social policy research organization. MDRC was founded as the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. However, in 2003, “MDRC” was made the registered corporate identity of the organization, thereby formally adopting the name by which had become best known to professional colleagues and the general public.

Background: Home visiting programs are recognized as an important strategy for providing support services to families with young children. Programs are diverse, widely used across the country, and generally aim to provide information, referrals, and parenting support to reduce child maltreatment, improve maternal and child health, and improve early school readiness. The recent growth in federal funding to support the scale up of evidenced-based programs provides an unprecedented, critical opportunity for program and research collaboration at the Federal, State, and community levels.

The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Health Resources and Services Administration. This evaluation, mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), is designed to build knowledge for policy makers and practitioners about the effectiveness of the new federally funded Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home-Visiting Program (MIECHV) in improving outcomes for at risk children and families.

Analysis: The study includes: an analysis of the state needs assessments that were provided in the state MIECHV applications; an effectiveness study that includes an impact analysis to measure what difference home visiting programs make for the at risk families they serve, focusing on areas like prenatal, maternal, and newborn health, child development, parenting, domestic violence, and referrals and service coordination. The effectiveness study will also include an implementation analysis that will examine how the program models operate in their local and state contexts and describe the families who participate; and an economic analysis that will examine the financial costs of operating the programs. A special goal of this study is the linking of implementation strategies to program impacts, thus informing the field about the types of program features or strategies that might lead to even greater impacts on families. For example, understanding how, and at what level, the average family participates in the program will provide context to any variation in impacts we find in the health of families. The primary data used in the study are expected to be collected by the research team through surveys, review of administrative records, interviews, observations, and staff logs.

Financial Considerations: To offset expenses of the Evaluation, MDRC will provide Parent’s as Teachers with $22,000 (twenty two thousand dollars), to be paid in three installments, assuming satisfactory completion of tasks set forth below. See Schedule of Installments Site Agreement. No local match required.

Legal Considerations: The applicant, Columbus Consolidated Government (for Cooperative Extension’s Positive Parenting Program), will sign a contract with MDRC to participate in the MIHOPE study. By accepting previous MIECHV funding, our site/state agreed to participate in the Evaluation.

Recommendation/Action: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Implementation Agreement with Parent’s as Teachers, based on the grant award received from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families.

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A RESOLUTION


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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND IF APPROVED ACCEPT A MATERNAL AND INFANT HOME VISITING PROGRAM EVALUATION (MDRC) GRANT FOR $22,000 TO OFFSET EXPENSES RELATED TO MIHOPE IMPLEMENTATION BASED ON THE FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR HOME VISITATION PROGRAM (PARENTS AS TEACHERS) TO EDUCATE THE PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the Governor’s Office For Children and Families for the purpose of evidence based, home visitation programs for parenting education under an Early Childhood System Of Care that addresses Federal home visiting benchmark areas and constructs and Muscogee was selected as one of six counties eligible to apply; and,

WHEREAS, the UGA Cooperative Extension in Columbus has operated Parents As Teachers, a home visiting parenting education program, under the umbrella of Positive Parenting Program; and,

WHEREAS, there is a need to increase the knowledge and skills of parents with young children so they can provide a nurturing and safe environment while acting as their children’s first teachers; and,

WHEREAS, parent education through evidence based, home visiting models is a proven strategy to prevent child maltreatment, improve maternal and newborn health, improve school readiness and achievement, and improve coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports; and,

WHEREAS, there is limited access to pro-active parent education for families at risk, in transition, or parents who want to increase their parenting skills and knowledge.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application and if approved accept a Maternal and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation Grant for the period of May 15, 2013 to June 20, 2016, from MDRC (formally, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation), a non-partisan education and social policy research organization and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of __________ 2013, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting ____________
Councilor Baker voting ____________
Councilor Barnes voting ____________
Councilor Davis voting ____________
Councilor Henderson voting ____________
Councilor Huff voting ____________
Councilor McDaniel voting ____________
Councilor Thomas voting ____________
Councilor Turner Pugh voting ____________
Councilor Woodson voting ____________



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor