July 2007

Evaluating an in-home injury prevention project

Algoma Public Health has released a detailed evaluation of its Creating Safer Homes Project. The project involved 69 households with children aged 0-6 years, who were part of the Healthy Babies Healthy Children long-term home visiting program. Families received home safety assessments and then had safety devices provided and installed for them, based on the assessment results. The evaluation found that providing and installing these safety devices resulted in injury prevention benefits reported by both the home visitors and participating families. Specifically, there was a decrease in self-reported injuries by families at 12-month follow-up. Families reported consistent use of the safety devices.

Self reporting from families and home visitors indicated that the program increased interest in learning about injury prevention, reduced barriers to their addressing other needs, and increased opportunities for dialogue about supervision and injury prevention. The research suggests that existing home visiting programs such as Healthy Babies Healthy Children offer a receptive vehicle for interested and eager families to participate in this kind of intervention. And the home visitor role carried out by family support workers was an idea vehicle to provide injury prevention assessments, arrange for safety devices and installations and provide ongoing prevention education. Download the evaluation [PDF].

Updated July 16, 2007