Nurses for Newborns (NFN) is a child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment prevention program that provides nurse home visits and parenting skills education to at-risk families who are caring for infants and young children. The effects of child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment include the immediate emotional and physical trauma the child experiences, impaired brain and cognitive development, post-traumatic stress disorder, increased risk for future alcohol and drug abuse, depression and self-harm or suicidal behaviors, and other social problems.
Despite an emphasis on evaluation since its inception, the absence of a suitable comparison group has left NFN able to only compare program outcomes to readily available population level data. At this point, NFN is well positioned to remedy this gap and build methods to evaluate currently unmeasured program outcomes through a quasi-experimental pilot study.
With support from SAMHSA’s Service to Science Subcontract to Build Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-based Interventions, NFN will partner with external evaluation and maternal and child health research experts to finalize and implement a pilot study design that includes participant recruitment and data tool development, assessment of pilot study methods’ successes and challenges, and recommendations for conducting a larger scale study.
The initial quasi-experimental study design calls for recruitment of recently delivered mothers who are referred to NFN and reside in Tennessee counties currently receiving NFN services (cases) and clients referred to NFN who reside in Tennessee counties where NFN does not provide services (controls). Each group will be consented and asked to participate in two structured telephone surveys designed to gather socio-demographic and health characteristics, health outcomes and health beliefs related to parenting, child abuse, neglect and maltreatment, and child safety and development information. In addition, process data will be collected to assess the feasibility of the proposed study methodologies. From these analyses, study methods will be enhanced as needed, and a final recruitment, data collection, and analysis plan will be developed.
Vicki Beaver, R.N., M.S.N.
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee
50 Vantage Way, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 313-9989