The Families and Children Thriving (FACT) Study is a HRSA-funded, ongoing panel investigation of risk and resilience among nearly 2,000 low-income families that have received home visiting services through Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting (FFHV) program. ICFW is gathering multiple waves of survey data to assess child, caregiver, and household outcomes, including physical and mental health, adversity and social support, parenting, and child development.
Additionally, a survey is conducted annually with FFHV program staff. Staff include direct service providers, supervisors, and administrators. Since 2015, the FACT Study has been used to collect staff survey data, and it is embedded in the FFHV Program’s routine evaluation and dissemination. In 2016, a second version of the annual survey was introduced to assess staff who have completed the initial version of the survey. In addition to describing staff demographics, the surveys ask questions about an array of topics such as work experience, professional development, supervision, direct practices, perceptions of work environment, burnout, secondary trauma, adverse childhood experiences, health and well-being, and self-care. To date, 536 FFHV program staff have completed at least one survey.
Results from the FACT Study are shared with federal and state partners to support the ongoing evaluation of the Family Foundations Home Visiting program and with home visiting staff to support continuous program quality improvement.
FACT Study Measures
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FundingHealth Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Department of Health Services