HIPPY Research Briefs

The National Research and Evaluation Center for HIPPY USA (NREC) is creating a series of research briefs to support the ongoing national research and evaluation efforts of HIPPY programs. The first series of research briefs will provide a summary of the most recent or rigorous studies that have been conducted and published to date. Initial research briefs will provide an overview of published and available studies that examined positive program impact on child and parent outcomes. Key studies and findings will be presented and the references of articles described will be listed at the end of each brief for the reader to review for further detailed study information.

History of HIPPY Program Effectiveness Research

HIPPY is committed to supporting research to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program and to identify areas in need of improvement.

Studies conducted in several countries have used a variety of research designs to examine impact and effectiveness in meeting major HIPPY program goals. A description of the HIPPY model and review of the history of development and research can be found in the following books:

Westheimer, M. (2003). Parents making a difference: International research on the home instruction for parents of preschool youngsters (HIPPY) program. Jerusalem : Magnes Press, Hebrew University, c2003.

Lombard, A. D. (1981). Success Begins at Home: Educational Foundations for Preschoolers. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Research conducted over the past three decades shows many positive benefits for children and families including improved school readiness, enhanced parent involvement, and higher academic achievement for children who participated in the HIPPY program.

For a review of impact studies used to establish HIPPY as evidence based home visiting model see (http://homvee.acf.hhs.gov/).

HIPPY Program Outcomes for Children

One of HIPPY’s primary goals is to prepare children for long-term academic success beginning in kindergarten. Research suggests that participation in HIPPY is a promising intervention for improved school readiness and has effects on later academic achievement. Studies document benefits for young children with both immediate and longer-term impact.

Research Briefs & Reports

HIPPY Curriculum Evaluation Report
  • This report focuses on evaluation of the curriculum revisions to both English and Spanish curricula that were implemented by HIPPY USA and disseminated throughout the United States in 2013-2015.
HIPPY USA LEAP Evaluation Report 1
  • This initial report provides a draft theory of change for the HIPPY LEAP program based on documents, steering committee meeting notes, and information gathered from the HIPPY USA website.
HIPPY USA LEAP Pilot Report 2
  • The intent of this brief report is to summarize how the program intends to fulfill its mission and attain its educational advancement goals as shown in the Theory of Change model (Appendix A), as well as provide the results of the goal-setting sheet responses and the HV and Coordinator feedback of the preliminary goal-setting process.
HIPPY USA LEAP Pilot Report 3: Home Visitor Focus Groups
  • The following sections highlight some of the main themes and suggestions presented during the focus group sessions with the home visitors. Recommendations are summarized in the last section.
Research Brief #1: Summary of HIPPY Child Outcomes
  • This Research Brief is a summary of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Child Outcome Research.
Research Brief #2: Summary of HIPPY Parent Outcomes
  • This Research Brief is a summary of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Parent Outcome Research.
Research Brief #3: Summary of HIPPY Research Conducted with Latino and Hispanic Families
  • This Research Brief presents findings from peer reviewed research that included a sample of Latino or Hispanic families and children.