The Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) conducted a multi-site randomized evaluation starting in 1997 of outcomes for low-income infants, toddlers and parents who received services from Parents as Teachers (PAT).
PAT, the nation's largest home-visiting program, provides parents with support and information on their children's development.
PATNC coordinated the evaluation and sub-contracted with SRI International, an independent, nonprofit, knowledge-based research and consulting organization in Menlo Park, Calif., for design, data collection and analyses.
During the third and fourth years of the project, PATNC organized a "Forum on Home Visiting" in Washington, D.C. and began a qualitative study of recruitment retention and program improvement.
According to reports submitted to RWJF by PATNC and SRI: