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ERIC Number: ED558084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-2
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Statement of Jon Baron, President, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
In his testimony, Jon Baron, president of Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, recommends reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Program. He outlines three reasons that support his recommendation: (1) MIECHV represents an important, bipartisan departure from the usual approach to social spending: it uses scientific evidence of effectiveness as a main factor in determining which activities to fund; (2) This evidence-based design is important because there is great variation in the effectiveness of different home visiting program activities ("models"). Rigorous studies have identified several models that produce major improvements in the lives of children and mothers--such as 20-50% reductions in child maltreatment--as well as a larger number of models that produce no meaningful effects; and (3) MIECHV's evidence-based design has succeeded, in part, in focusing funds on the subset of effective models; and, with a few modest revisions, it could do even better. In his testimony, Baron also recommends steps to further strengthen the program as the reauthorization process goes forward. A letter from Baron to Chairman Dave Reichert in which Baron responds to follow-up questions about the testimony is also included.
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy