ASSESSMENT REPORT |  Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project 2021 Annual Assessment Report

ASSESSMENT REPORT | Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project 2021 Annual Assessment Report

During the current funding cycle (2019-2024), the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) leads the Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP) and serves as the TA & Support Center (TASC) to foster improved service delivery by HS program grantees across the country. To meet the diverse needs of grantees, NICHQ will deliver capacity-building assistance (CBA) to:

  1. Improve the consistency and quality for content of HS services delivered through CBA for HS staff in the core competencies and concepts central to the four HS approaches.

  2. Increase the delivery of evidence-based services and those based on best practices.

  3. Ensure that the HS workforce has appropriate knowledge, and demonstrable skills and

    competencies to provide services.

  4. Increase data collection and data use for quality improvement (QI), performance monitoring, and

    local evaluation.

  5. Promote synergy among HS grant recipients through meaningful collaborations that are aimed at

    improving perinatal outcomes and reducing disparities.

  6. Support grantees in the development of specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely

    (SMART) objectives, as well as sustainability and succession plans.

NICHQ conducted the 2021 Annual Assessment to understand projects' organizational structures, satisfaction with the TASC, programmatic needs, progress toward benchmarks and key objectives, data capacity, and progress towards sustainability. Like the Needs Assessment from 2019 and the 2020 Annual Assessment, this year’s Annual Assessment sought to identify salient programmatic activities for the TASC. In this report, we describe the Annual Assessment’s methods and results, synthesize findings, and describe next steps for the TASC.

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