Funder: BJC Healthcare
Staff Contact: Nikole Lobb Dougherty
Project Duration: 2014-present
Raising St. Louis is an initiative originally launched by BJC Healthcare and currently administered by St. Louis Children's Hospital that aims to utilize two well-established early childhood programs—Nurses for Newborns and Parents as Teachers—to improve the health, developmental, and school outcomes of St. Louis children pre-natal to 8 years old. The initiative offers services to expectant and new parents through home visits, as well as provide childcare items, perform child health exams, and invite parents to meet and share experiences with other parents. The initiative is currently open to applicants across 20 ZIP codes within St. Louis City.
Raising St. Louis launched the pilot phase of this initiative in fall 2013 to test the effectiveness of this model and its feasibility for scaling up to other geographic areas of St. Louis. Since 2014, CPHSS has served as the external evaluator and has worked closely with program staff to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan and identify and develop analysis approaches that will be used to answer a prioritized set of evaluation questions.
Products from this evaluation include:
2015 Raising St. Louis Evaluation Report
2015 Raising St. Louis Evaluation Two-Pager
Utilizing Participatory Methods to Inform an Evaluation Plan for the Raising St. Louis Early Childhood Initiative
2016, Nikole Lobb Dougherty, American Public Health Association Conference
Using Participatory Methods to Develop and Implement an Evaluation for the Raising St. Louis Early Childhood Initiative
2016, Nikole Lobb Dougherty, American Evaluation Association Annual Conference