Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Coaching Models to Promote Implementation of an Evidence-based Parenting Program

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Georgia State University




Child Maltreatment


Behavioral: SafeCare Coaching

Study type


Funder types

Other U.S. Federal agency



Details and patient eligibility


The proposed study will compare purveyor coaching (conducted by National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC)) to local coaching that is supported by the purveyor (NSTRC). The outcomes of interest are home visitor fidelity and competence with the SafeCare model, and family engagement and skill acquisition. The study will also include a rigorous cost effectiveness analysis, and will examine individual and organizational factors that may affect implementation.

Full description

This study is being conducted in the context of a nationwide implementation of SafeCare, an evidence-based parent training program. The primary goal of the research is to examine methods of coaching newly trained providers to implement a specific evidence-based practice. Thus, in this study, we are examining how two different coaching models affect provider fidelity and competence and parent's acquisition of the skills being trained. The primary participants in this study are the local coaches that will provide coaching to home visitors, the home visitors that will provide SafeCare to parents and the parents who will receive the SafeCare model. A total of 20 coaches, 90 home visitors and 270 parents have been proposed to participate in the study (n=380). The nature of participation in the study is similar for coaches and home visitors, but somewhat different for parents. Both groups will be asked to complete a variety of questionnaires at different time points, and allow observation of their performance with SafeCare delivery (for home visitors) and fidelity monitoring and coaching (for coaches). Observations may be done live or via audio recording. Parent participants will already be enrolled in SafeCare services, a voluntary parent-training program for parents, and will be invited to participate in this study by their home visitor. Parents' participation will involve completing a baseline and post-treatment in-home assessment before and after the SafeCare program, respectively. Each assessment will include an audio-computer assisted self-interview (ACASi), and an assessment of SafeCare skills. Parents will also complete 4 brief telephone interviews to assess their satisfaction and engagement with SafeCare services and provider competence. A more detailed list of data collection for coaches, home visitors, and trainers is as follows: Coaches: (1) prior to training/implementation, complete survey of individual and organizational variables that relate to implementation (2) allow observations of fidelity monitoring and coaching (3) report on home visitor competence, perceived self-competence, and support received from trainer (once per month for 6 months) (4) complete weekly time diaries reporting on time spent coaching (weekly for 6 months); Home visitors (1) prior to training/implementation, complete survey of individual and organizational variables that relate to implementation (2) allow and submit observations of SafeCare implementation (3) report on coach competence and support received from coach and perceived self-competence (once per month for 6 months); Families (1) complete baseline and post-treatment assessment involving behavioral observations and survey completed via ACASI (2) complete four short telephone interview reporting on home visitor competence and satisfaction with services.


147 patients




18+ years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Providers administering SafeCare (Home Visitors and Coaches).
  • Parents receiving SafeCare services from a Home Visitor how is also participating in the study.

Exclusion criteria

  • Individuals under the age of 18.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Health Services Research



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

147 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group
The "purveyor" arm will include SafeCare Coaching that is conducted by a Training Specialists from the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), a GSU (Georgia State University)-Center that conducts training and research on the SafeCare model.
Behavioral: SafeCare Coaching
Experimental group
The the "local" are will receive SafeCare Coaching that is provided by a staff member who works for the local social service agency.
Behavioral: SafeCare Coaching

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