The needs of supervisors and home visitors were identified by six focus group sessions sponsored by the Home Visiting Forum, a national task group. Directors, human resource personnel, home visitors and supervisors will learn about the issues identified in the focus groups. This report highlights the importance of supportive management, training and professional development, structure and communication, and evaluation for home visitors and their supervisors.
This research project emerged from the work of the Home Visiting Forum, a national task group funded by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and headed by co-chairs Heather Weiss (Harvard University), Debra Daro (Chapin Hall-University of Chicago) and Barbara Wasik (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). The Forum has met bi-annually for the past four years, focusing on improving home visiting outcomes through research and collaboration. One of the three working groups of the Forum, the training group, identified as a priority for the field obtaining information from home visitor supervisors on what contributes to successful supervision. This report summarizes the research of the training group.