Evaluation of the Florida ECCS Impact Project

Logo: Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and BabiesAn evaluation of the Florida ECCS Impact Project will be conducted by the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, located within the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF). This Chiles Center evaluation team is conducting evaluations of the Florida Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program (2012-2016), including a statewide, multisite, continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiative to improve intimate partner violence screening and referral; the Florida MIECHV Competitive Grant (2015-2017), including a coordinated intake and referral systems CQI initiative implemented by eight Healthy Start coalitions; and a local three-year multiagency, system-wide infant mental health capacity-building initiative (2015-2018).

The implementation evaluation will contribute to CQI by documenting Florida’s ongoing processes and progress towards the goals and objectives of the project (child developmental and maternal depression screening and referral rates) by facilitating monitoring of data trends and through reflective qualitative processes. The evaluation will measure the process of:

  1. enhancing early childhood comprehensive systems (ECCS) building and demonstrating improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and well-being indicators using a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach; and
  2. developing collective impact expertise, implementation, and sustainability at the state, county, and community levels.

ECCS brings together stakeholders to develop seamless systems of care and better integrate and improve services for young children. Through collaborative learning, the CoIIN approach will provide the opportunity and structure necessary for participants to learn with and from their colleagues, contributing to interagency collaboration, systems-building, and sustainability.