Engaging Stakeholders in Home Visiting Data Integration Efforts

Research BriefEarly ChildhoodJan 17 2020

Home visiting is an important component of the early childhood (EC) landscape, but home visiting data are often not part of the larger early childhood data integration efforts that states undertake. Building support for home visiting data integration and coordinating efforts across sectors, systems, and programs require the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders.

This resource presents an approach for engaging a diverse group of stakeholders—from families to home visiting model developers to researchers and legislators—when creating a process to integrate home visiting data with other early childhood data. It describes steps for:

  1. Identifying relevant stakeholders.
  2. Determining the types of information to share with and solicit from stakeholders.
  3. Choosing when to engage stakeholders in the process

This resource will be particularly valuable to those who lead efforts to connect home visiting data with other early childhood data. These data integration leaders may be state-level data managers or individuals who have taken the ownership of linking data across early childhood programs.


Stakeholder engagement is essential to successfully build integrated data systems. Leaders should engage stakeholders early in the process and maintain their engagement throughout in order to:

  • Foster a sense of inclusion by keeping stakeholders informed as the system changes.
  • Build support and knowledge by broadening the range of individuals and organizations familiar with the system.
  • Inform stakeholders of the goals of the work, which can facilitate communication and help to ensure the data collected meet the needs of the system.
  • Give stakeholders the opportunity to inform the goals and direction of the system.
  • Allow for a diversity of perspectives so that the system meets the needs of multiple users.