TBRI Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Pilot Project

The TBRI Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is a new TBRI program for use in early childhood home visiting/parent coaching services. The program consists of a 10-session curriculum to guide service providers working with at-risk families. At this time, the program is only available to select organizations who have been invited to pilot test the training. For more information about the pilot study, see the FAQs below. If you have additional questions or represent an organization that is interested in participating in the pilot project, please email the KPICD research team at kpicd.research@tcu.edu.

FAQs

What is the TBRI Early Childhood Home Visiting Program?

The TBRI Early Childhood Home Visiting Program consists of a detailed 10-session guide to using TBRI when serving at-risk families with young children (birth to age 6). Program materials include a Provider Activity Guideand corresponding Parent Handbook. Providers must complete a TBRI 2-Day Overview Trainingand an online TBRI Home Visiting Training(approximately 4 hours) before using the program with families. Agencies that are selected to participate in the program will receive the materials and training free of charge.

 

How does the Pilot Project work?

Organizations that are interested in participating in the Pilot Project should contact the KPICD research team at kpicd.research@tcu.eduto find out more about the pilot project. In general, the pilot project will follow these steps:

  1. Interested organizations contact the KPICD for more information (by email at any time or by responding to enrollment invitations to be sent in February 2020).
  2. KPICD schedules a phone call with the interested organization to determine eligibility and next steps.
  3. KPICD and eligible organization agree on details of pilot project participation and complete a Project Agreement.
  4. KPICD recruits individual service providers from within organizations that have agreed to participate. Because this is a research study, individual service providers can choose whether or not they want to participate.
  5. Individuals who consent to participate complete an online enrollment form and online surveys about their experiences as service providers.
  6. KPICD assigns individuals/organizations to pilot groups. Groups may be asked to test and provide feedback on different components of the program, including the online training, the curriculum materials, their experiences using the program with families, or a combination of these components. Project groups could also be divided into intervention groups (testing program components now) and delayed wait-list groups (testing program components at a later date). When possible, groups may be assigned randomly.
  7. Pilot testing begins.
    1. Individuals assigned to pilot the Home Visiting Program complete a 4-hour online training and are given the program curriculum to begin using with families (Provider Activity Guide and Parent Handbook).
    2. Individuals assigned to the delayed wait-list group are asked to continue home visiting services as usual. All participants in the wait-listed group will receive access to the Home Visiting Program (including online training and curriculum materials) at a later date.
  8. All participants are asked to provide feedback on the program and/or collect data about their program use. Participants may be asked to provide feedback/collect data at multiple time points during the pilot project.

 

If my organization participates in the pilot program, what will we have to do?

Because the KPICD needs to test different components of the Home Visiting Program before making it available to a wider audience, your organization could be asked to test and provide feedback on a portion of the online training, the home visiting curriculum, your experiences using the program with families, or a combination of these components. Participants in some organizations might be randomly assigned to either an intervention group, which will be asked to start using the program immediately, or a delayed wait-list group, which will be asked to continue service as usual and will be given access to the program at a later date.

 

All participants will be asked to complete online surveys about their experiences at multiple time points. Some participants may be asked to participate in focus groups with the KPICD. All participants will need to meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

 

Who is eligible to participate in the pilot project?

In February 2020, the KPICD will begin recruiting organizations that provide home visiting/parent coaching services to participate in the pilot project. Enrollment will be open to organizations that provide home visiting/parent coaching services to at-risk families with young children (birth to age six). Because this is a research study, not everyone who enrolls will be selected to use the Home Visiting Program.

 

Why should my organization participate in the pilot project?

Participants in the pilot project will be the first to have access to this new TBRI program. Participating home visiting programs will receive free training (online and/or in person) on the TBRI model of caregiving (aka the TBRI 2-Day Overview). Some staff could receive additional training on using the TBRI Home Visiting manual and curriculum.

 

How are group assignments made? Can I choose what group I’m in?

When feasible, organizations might be asked to participate in a randomly-assigned trial. This means that participants will either be assigned to the intervention group (receive access to the home visiting program immediately) or to the delayed wait-list group (receive access to the home visiting program at a later date). Assignments will be determined using a random number generator.

 

Why do you need random assignment? What if I don’t get the assignment I want?

The purpose of the pilot project is to test this new program before it becomes widely available to service providers. It is useful to compare the experiences of participants using the new program (intervention group) to colleagues who are continuing to provide service as usual (delayed wait-list group). This helps us to develop a more effective program. All participants who are randomly assigned to the delayed wait-list group will be given access to the program at the conclusion of the pilot project. The KPICD is not able to accommodate requests to change groups (then it wouldn’t be random!). Because this is a research project, however, participation will be completely voluntary and you can choose to end your participation at any time.

 

Can I access the TBRI Home Visiting curriculum without participating in the pilot project?

At this time, the TBRI Home Visiting Program, including online training and curriculum materials, is only available to pilot project participants. The pilot project is an important step in making sure that the program is ‘ready’ to be offered to a wider audience. If you are interested in using the curriculum and you work for a participating agency, we encourage you to participate in the pilot project. If you are interested in using the curriculum and you do not work for a participating agency, you may contact the KPICD at kpid.research@tcu.eduto discuss becoming a pilot site.

 

My organization is interested! What do we do now?

Organizations can contact the KPICD at kpicd.research@tcu.eduat any time to discuss eligibility and next steps. Or, organizations can respond to enrollment invitations (sent by email) when the KPICD begins actively recruiting from potential organizations in February 2020.