Evaluation of Hawaii's Healthy Start Program

This grant provides partial support to evaluate the outcomes and cost effectiveness of Hawaii's Healthy Start Program, a well established, community-based home visiting program that is regarded as one of the most promising early intervention programs for children and families in the country. The evaluation will use a true experimental design, with 300 families to be assigned each to the treatment and the main control group. The study will incorporate a third group (testing control group) to measure and adjust for changes in outcomes associated with repeated measurement. At-risk families will be identified at the time of the index child's birth and followed for three years. Study data will be collected through structured parent interviews and developmental and physical testing of the child. The project will report on program implementation, impact and cost benefits in the first year of family enrollment by the end of year three. Study findings are expected to provide valuable information to policy makers about the Program's effectiveness. Foundation funding will be contingent on the Hawaii Medical Association and Johns Hopkins' staff ability to secure funding commitments necessary to implement the project. Foundation funds will support approximately 20 percent of the $2.5M cost of program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 6/28/1993

Time frame: 1/1/1994 - 6/30/1999

Grant Number: 18303


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21287-0005


Anne K. Duggan
Project Director