Strengthened by recent Federal legislation to promote evidence-based and evidence-informed home visitation, the North Carolina Division of Public Health has the opportunity to assist the state in further coordinating and growing its cadre of available home visitation resources to better meet the needs of the families of North Carolina. Based on North Carolina's effort to establish an array of high-quality home visitation programs throughout the state, it has become clear that to fully and effectively implement home visitation programs, an implementation infrastructure must be developed and sustained, and roles and responsibilities for the implementation infrastructure must be determined.
The NIRN will assist the North Carolina Division of Public Health's stakeholders and partner organizations, counties, and grantees in enhancing their organizational capacity to benefit from this implementation knowledge. A focus on capacity building will enable the North Carolina Division of Public Health's stakeholders, partners, counties, and grantees to replicate and apply what is learned about implementation best practices during home visitation project execution, as well as to a broad range of future efforts, processes, and policy initiatives.
The NIRN and NC Division of Public Health partnership will endeavor to achieve the following objectives:
- The NIRN will assess the current strategies and infrastructure for implementation, quality assurance, and scale-up of evidence-based home visitation programs.
- The NIRN will provide general and targeted capacity building (through training and intensive technical assistance) to increase the knowledge base of key state and county Family Strengthening stakeholders related to the science and practice of implementation, systems transformation, and scale-up of evidence-based practices.