Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as listed below:

The pre-implementation materials are used as part of NFP’s planning and development process. Key steps in the local planning and development process include the following:

  • Data-driven assessment of need: Interested parties can request program materials to help them determine whether implementing the program makes sense in their own com m unities. These materials pose pertinent questions and suggest statistical analyses (e.g., identifying child abuse rates, crime, unemployment, and health problems) to inform decision-making.
  • Review of existing services: Interested parties perform a thorough assessment of currently available services for low-income women and children to determine how the program could fit into that continuum.
  • Creation of task force to select program host: Based on the assessment of existing services, interested parties set up a planning task force with representatives of the various organizations (e.g., hospitals, public health departments, women's clinics, community organizations) that might host or support the program. This task force then decides which agency would be the best host for the program.
  • Feasibility assessment: The selected agency performs a feasibility assessment during which it considers its ability to staff and finance the program, including whether it can serve enough women to be viable.
  • Determination of referral sources and outreach methods: Using program materials, the agency designs a referral and outreach process to ensure that qualified women hear about the program.
  • Development of implementation plan: The agency develops an implementation plan that incorporates processes for identifying sustainable sources of funds, hiring and training staff, ensuring client identification and outreach, and managing the program with fidelity to the model.
  • Hiring: The agency hires nurses and a nursing supervisor. The Nurse-Family Partnership National Program Office offers sample job descriptions and interviewing guidance.

The materials are available upon request by contacting

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as listed below:

Ongoing training is provided for nurses and their supervisors. Nurses and their supervisors participate in a 9-month comprehensive training program to learn how to conduct the in-home visits. The training incorporates a combination of a self-study workbook, web-based training activities, and two onsite training sessions at the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office in Denver. Ongoing education and training occurs for both new nurse home visitors and supervisors hired to implement the program. Supervisors receive ongoing consultation to help them develop strong skills with respect to reflective supervision, along with coaching from experienced program consultants.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as listed below:

Before becoming a NFP Network Partner, there must be assurance by the applying agency of its intention to deliver the program with fidelity to the model tested. Such fidelity requires adherence to all 19 of the Nurse-Family Partnership Model Elements. The NFP Model Elements are available upon request by contacting

Nurses collect client and home visit data as specified by the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office, and all data is sent to the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office's national database. The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office reports out data to agencies to assess and guide program implementation, and agencies use these reports to monitor, identify and improve variances, and assure fidelity to the NFP model.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as listed below:

The Nursing team at the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office provides both face-to-face and distance learning environments for the core education required of all Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors and Nurse Supervisors prior to client enrollment. This specialized nurse training helps establish therapeutic relationships between the client and nurse home visitor, which in turn preserves the clinical integrity of the Nurse-Family Partnership model. New nurses also learn the visit-to-visit guidelines, which provide a consistent content and structure for the home visits regardless of frequency and modality. With assistance from supervisors and consultation from the National Service Office, nurses develop strong communication, personal relationship building, and problem-solving skills. Teams of nurses at local Nurse-Family Partnership network partners employ elements of reflective practice into much of their team activities, including regular case conference, where they review individual client care plans, and team meetings where new material and discussion and guidance are offered to help cope with secondary trauma and stress as a team. Additionally, nurses meet regularly with supervisors to process emotions and mitigate burnout inherent in working with clients who may be at high risk for violence in their homes, or have experienced trauma in their personal histories.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as listed below:

  • Olds, D. L., Robinson, J., O'Brien, R., Luckey, D. W., Pettitt, L. M., Henderson, C. R., Jr., Ng, R. K., Sheff, K. L., Korfmacher, J., Hiatt, S., & Talmi, A. (2002). Home visiting by paraprofessionals and by nurses: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 110(3), 486–496.
  • Olds, D. L., Robinson, J., Pettitt, L., Luckey, D. W., Holmberg, J., Ng, R. K., Isacks, K., Sheff, K., & Henderson, C. R. (2004). Effects of home visits by paraprofessionals and by nurses: Age 4 follow-up results of a randomized trial. Pediatrics, 114, 1560–1568.
  • Olds, D., Holmberg, J., Donelan-McCall, N., Luckey, D. W., Knudtson, M. D., & Robinson, J. (2014). Effects of home visits by paraprofessionals and by nurses on children: Follow-up of a randomized trial at ages 6 and 9 years. JAMA Pediatrics, 168(2), 114–121.