The State-Level Home Visiting Integration with Early Childhood Data Systems (SHINE) initiative aims to support states in integrating their home visiting data with other early childhood data. SHINE’s primary goals are 1) to provide technical assistance to states to help them integrate their home visiting data into their statewide early childhood integrated data system (ECIDS); and 2) to develop resources for state leaders interested in developing integrated data systems inclusive of home visiting data.
State technical assistance
Child Trends invited states to submit applications for technical assistance related to integrating their home visiting and early childhood data. Technical assistance provided by the Child Trends team included consultation with data integration state project leads, facilitation of meetings, drafting and review of state-specific documents related to data integration, stipends, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
Participating SHINE states are Oklahoma, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Utah.
Child Trends developed a series of resources that can be used when integrating home visiting data with other early childhood data. Each resource is short, user-friendly, and designed to offer supports and recommendations to advance home visiting data integration efforts. These resources can be used in any order, and either individually or in any combination. Together, these resources guide states as they take steps toward data integration.
Available resources address the following topics:
- How to begin data integration suggests ways to integrate home visiting data incrementally and provides state examples.
- How to identify policy questions offers examples of questions state leaders will be able to answer about the early childhood system when home visiting data are integrated with other early childhood data.
- How to map home visiting data in the state helps states create an inventory of available home visiting data sources to determine which data can or cannot be integrated.
- How to engage stakeholders in the integration process offers considerations for getting input from stakeholders during the home visiting data integration process.
- How to finance data integration provides tips on identifying sources of funding for integrating home visiting data.
- How to set up governance structures offers tips and best practices for governing state-level data integration that is inclusive of home visiting.
- How to navigate between data systems describes different systems in which home visiting data may be housed and how to integrate across them.
- How to ensure the security of integrated data identifies security and confidentiality requirements when integrating home visiting data.
SHINE is funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation.