[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 246 (Thursday, December 22, 2011)]
[Page 79688]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-32824]



Administration for Children and Families

Agency Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirements Under Emergency 
Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

    Title: Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation. 
(MIHOPE): Site Recruitment.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched a national 
evaluation called the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Evaluation 
Project (MIHOPE). This evaluation, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, 
will inform the federal government about the effectiveness of the newly 
established MIECHV program in its first few years of operation, and 
provide information to help states develop and strengthen home visiting 
programs in the future. By systematically estimating the effects of 
home visiting programs across a wide range of outcomes and studying the 
variation in how programs are implemented, MIHOPE will provide valuable 
information on the effects of these programs on parents and children. 
This includes investigating the effects of home visiting on maternal 
and child well-being, how those effects vary for different home 
visiting approaches, and how variations in program design and 
implementation influence program fidelity and impacts.
    The MIHOPE study includes two phases: Phase 1 includes site 
recruitment, baseline data collection and implementation data; Phase 2 
includes follow up data collection. The purpose of the current document 
is to request an emergency approval of site recruitment efforts needed 
for Phase 1. The overall goal for site recruitment in MIHOPE is to 
select 85 sites across approximately 12 states. States and their local 
program sites will be selected for MIHOPE in 2012 based on a variety of 
characteristics including: The type of home visiting model, geography, 
urbanicity, target population, and research feasibility. There is 
currently limited documentation available to aid site selection. The 
study team reviewed and analyzed the MIECHV implementation plans each 
state submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
These plans provided a general overview, however, the plans did not 
consistently provide the specific answers needed for site selection. 
For this reason, we will need to contact states and their local 
programs to confirm what was collected from the plans and request some 
additional information. This information needs to be collected in early 
2012 to ensure that baseline data collection can begin in July 2012. 
Site recruitment will include: emails, phone calls, and site visits 
with state administrators and state and local program site staff.
    Respondents: The respondents will be state MIECHV administrators 
and home visiting program managers. Data collection activities will 
take place over a 1-year period.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
                                                                Number of      Average burden
               Instrument                 Annual number of    responses per       hours per       Total annual
                                             respondents       respondent         response        burden hours
Information package for state                           30                 1               0.5                15
Telephone script for state                              30                 1               1.0                30
Telephone protocol for local program                    80                 1               1.5               120
In-person visit protocol for local                      40                 1               3.0               120
 program directors......................

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 285.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
address: [email protected]. All requests should be 
identified by the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 21 days of this publication.

Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-32824 Filed 12-21-11; 8:45 am]