Proven effective through extensive research.

From a healthy babies program to crime prevention, Nurse-Family Partnership is validated by research.

A cornerstone of Nurse-Family Partnership is the extensive research on the model conducted over the last three decades. Randomized, controlled trials were conducted with three diverse populations beginning in Elmira, New York, in 1977; in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1990; and in Denver, Colorado, in 1994. All three trials targeted first-time, low-income mothers. Follow-up research continues today, studying the long-term outcomes for mothers and children in these three trials.
The level of proven effectiveness demonstrated is unsurpassed in evidence-based home visitation programs. The program effects that have the strongest evidentiary foundations are those that have been found in at least two of the three trials and are listed below.

Consistent program effects
  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness

About the research
A randomized, controlled trial is the most rigorous research method for measuring the effectiveness of an intervention. This type of trial is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for new drugs or medical devices to determine their effectiveness and safety before they are made available to the public. Because of their cost and complexity, these kinds of trials are not often used to evaluate complex health and human services.
In addition, important data from all home visits are continuously collected from Nurse-Family Partnership implementing agencies through the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office's web-based data collection system. These data are analyzed and returned to local Nurse-Family Partnership implementing agencies to provide them with information on their progress toward meeting Nurse-Family Partnership's implementation benchmarks in improving maternal and child health.


Proven results.

Read about NFP’s breakthrough findings on maternal and child mortality in JAMA Pediatrics.

The results of the three trials provide evidence that Nurse-Family Partnership makes an important difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. For more detailed findings, see published research on the program's three randomized, controlled trials.

Read journals & reports from outside evaluators on NFP’s return on investment, health outcomes and  more!

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