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Research and Evaluation Studies Demonstrate Effectiveness of the HIPPY Model

In 2011, HIPPY was recognized by the independent research firm Mathematica as one of the first seven evidenced-based home visiting models with quality research showing significant outcomes – particularly in the areas of school readiness and positive parenting skills. As a result, HIPPY was included on the list of models that met the rigorous eligibility criteria for funding under the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

Twenty years of research have shown the HIPPY model to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior and standardized test scores and academic performance by children participating in HIPPY.

1. HIPPY parents become more engaged in reading, talking and working with their children.
  • Home literacy environments improve and parent involvement in children’s academic learning increase. (Necoechea, 2007; Garcia, 2006; O’Brien, 2007)
  • Parents participating in the HIPPY program report spending more time reading to their children; teaching them letters, words and numbers; visiting the library and monitoring their child’s TV use. (Black, 2010; McEnturff, 2014; Palladino, 2015)
2. HIPPY improves children's school readiness.
  • On school readiness assessments, children in the HIPPY program show statistically significant gains while participating in the HIPPY program. (McEnturff, 2014; Palladino, 2015)
3.  HIPPY children demonstrate higher achievement in school.
  • Children participating in HIPPY have demonstrated statistically significant higher achievement scores in reading, math and social studies in third, fifth and sixth grades based on multiple measures used in Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Colorado. (Bradley& Gilkey, 2002; Brown & Lee, 2014; Center for  Human Investment Policy , 2003; Garcia, 2006; Neivar & Jacobson, 2011)
  • Children who participated in HIPPY adapt to the classroom better than children from comparable backgrounds and are less likely to be retained a grade. (Baker, Piotrkowski & Brooks-Gunn, 1999)
4.  HIPPY parents are involved in their children's schools and education.
  • Nine out of ten HIPPY parents credit the program with motivating them to check that their school-age children have completed their homework. (Cuenca, 2003)
  • Teachers report higher levels of participation in parent-teacher conferences and other school events among HIPPY parents compared to their non-HIPPY counterparts. (Black, 2010)

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For the latest HIPPY research information or for research questions and feedback, please contact the HIPPY USA National Office. As we continue to update our research materials, we will include them here.