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Sorenson Impact Center Study Shows Significant Cost Savings From Nurse-Family Partnership Program for At-Risk Families and Children in South Carolina

Report Shows More Than 5X Benefit for Every Dollar Spent on the Nurse Home-Visiting Program for First-Time Mothers


SALT LAKE CITY – A new study released today from the Sorenson Impact Center (SIC) and Dr. Fernando Wilson, Director, CTSI Health Economics Core (HEC) at the University of Utah, details the significant impact of Nurse-Family Partnership on at-risk families and children in South Carolina. NFP commissioned the Center to study socio-economic benefits from the State’s continued investment in the program. Findings indicate the aggregate economic impact of South Carolina investment in Nurse-Family Partnership for vulnerable families is $5.5 for every $1 spent.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a nurse home-visiting program designed to implement evidence-based early intervention for first-time mothers and their children affected by social and economic inequality. Nurse-Family Partnership operates in over 40 states and serves more than 54,000 families annually.

“This study highlights the importance of conducting a comprehensive analysis of Nurse-Family Partnership’s impact on vulnerable families in South Carolina,” said Janis Dubno, Managing Director of Impact Finance at the Center.

The Center’s analysis was funded by the National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First and was performed according to rigorous standards for quantitative and qualitative evaluation research.

The study analyzed the short- and long-term economic, health, and social impacts of Nurse-Family Partnership and established considerations for assessing their recent Pay-for-Success Program in SC. In addition to more than 5x economic savings for the State, the study found numerous additional benefits to families and the State resulting from the Program’s outcomes for health, child welfare, educational attainment, workforce participation, and earnings. The report also details qualitative findings on Nurse-Family Partnership’s impact on increased confidence among mothers, self-reliance and self-advocacy, graduation rates, and workforce participation.

“By utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, our findings underscore the substantial impact and economic value of the Nurse-Family Partnership program for socially vulnerable families in South Carolina,” Dr. Wilson explained.


The combined quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in the study validated the Program’s value and impact. The study included meta-analyses, systematic review of evidence-base for Program services, scenario analyses and benefit-to-cost ratios across multiple outcomes related to societal and health impact for Nurse-Family Partnership families. In addition, the Center and HEC interviewed SC Nurse-Family Partnership staff, using open-coding and content analysis to understand outcomes and long-term impact of the Program.

Read the full study report here.


About Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center helps organizations achieve their impact vision by connecting capital to social and environmental solutions, helping organizations measure, report, and improve impact, and integrating data science and people-centered storytelling into all that we do. Along with our clients and partners, we share a vision of an equitable and thriving world where everyone is valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. As part of our mission to train future impact leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas. The Center is proudly housed at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Learn more at

About the CTSI Health Economics Core
The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Health Economics Core partners with and helps researchers, program managers, healthcare and public health practitioners and others at the University of Utah and beyond to incorporate economic evaluation within their studies and programs and to help develop competitive grant submissions and disseminate research findings that have broad impact. Learn more at

About Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health program that utilizes specially-trained nurses to empower first-time mothers to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies through health home visiting during pregnancy and the child’s first two years. The program’s 45 years of research show significant improvements in the health and lives of first-time mothers and their children affected through improved pregnancy outcomes, improved child health and development, and improved economic self-sufficiency for the family. Learn more at


Robert Munson
Managing Director