Case Study

Expanding Evidence across a Network: HealthySteps

By Charles E. Carter, Jr. Ph.D., LICSW
January 2019
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HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, embeds a child development professional in pediatric primary care settings to provide families with the guidance, support, and resources needed to ensure that all children are able to thrive in school and life. HealthySteps serves over 36,000 children annually across more than 100 sites nationally.

HealthySteps engaged with Project Evident as they looked to expand its evidence base in five key areas. HealthySteps needed a framework to generate and test evidence in these new areas while allowing for diversity of population and capacities across the HealthySteps network. 

Project Evident collaborated with HealthySteps to identify strengths and needs in current data and evidence systems; assess the capacity and readiness of HealthySteps program sites to generate evidence in the five priority outcome areas; and design a roadmap for strengthening HealthySteps’ internal capacity for continuous program improvement. HealthySteps now has an evidence building strategy aligned with their business plan that bolsters their ability to use data and evidence for program improvement across a varied network and supports expanding their evidence base.