The MCH Innovations Database is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in MCH which includes effective practices and policies from the field that are positively impacting MCH populations. Practices in the database are assessed along a Practice Continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practice depending on the level of evidence demonstrating a practice’s impact, among other criteria. To learn more about submitting a policy, click here.
To ensure all practices contribute to improving health equity as an integral component of overall program sustainability, AMCHP has aligned the criteria on the evidence continuum to evaluate practices with a variety of equity assessments, including the Racial Equity Impact Assessment, Is My Implementation Practice Culturally Responsive Checklist, Foundational Practices for Health Equity, Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide, and the MCH Leadership Competencies. Learn more about the criteria required for each practice designation by checking out our Minimum Criteria Checklist and the continuum below.
What does AMCHP consider a “Practice”?
AMCHP thinks of the term “practice” inclusively to encompass essentially any public health initiative “that’s working” and could be replicated by others. Practices can include, but are not limited to:
- Programmatic initiatives
- Collaboratives/coordination structures
- Workforce development strategies and approaches
- Family/community engagement and partnership strategies
- Toolkits and curricula
What are the Benefits of Submitting?
There are many benefits to being featured in the MCH Innovations Database, both for your practice and the MCH field as a whole. Submitting to and being featured in the database allows you to:
- Share successes with peers around the country who may want to replicate your work
- Receive national recognition for your practice
- Contribute to building the MCH evidence base
- Increase your practice’s credibility
- Receive feedback and suggestions from the MCH experts who will be reviewing your work
- Become eligible for opportunities to have your work replicated by others (check out the Replication Projects to learn more)
- Connect with AMCHP for ongoing technical assistance and support
How are Practices Selected?
Submissions are reviewed by a team of three reviewers who are matched with each practice based on their MCH expertise. Each reviewer assesses the submission according to criteria for the designation that practice applied for. AMCHP staff collate the reviewers’ scores and hold a call for them to discuss their scores and ultimately reach a decision about which designation the practice will receive. As a part of the review process, reviewers provide applicants with direct feedback on each practice’s strengths and areas for growth and improvement.
Learn more about the criteria required for each practice designation by checking out our Minimum Criteria Checklist.
What Category Should I Apply For?
In general, we recommend that practices submit for the highest possible designation for which they meet the criteria listed on the Minimum Criteria Checklist. If a practice submits for a designation that reviewers deem too high for the practice based on the information provided, the practice can be awarded a different designation based on reviewer discretion.
Not sure which designation to submit to? Check out our Minimum Criteria Checklist to figure out which designation is right for your practice, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to assist. You can find the submission forms for each practice designation in the tab below.
How do I Submit a Practice?
To submit a practice, email a completed submission form to email@example.com with the subject line “MCH Innovations Database – Practice Submission” by Friday April 8, 2022. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns, and we are happy to assist.
See below for the submission form for each designation:
Cutting-Edge Submission Form
Emerging Submission Form
Promising Submission Form
Best Practice Submission Form
How do I Refer a Practice?
Know of a practice that you think may be a good fit for our MCH Innovations Database? Complete the short referral form below, and we will reach out to the practice contact with next steps. This can either be for a practice that you work on, or one that you know of that you think should be featured in our database.
What are the submission and review timelines?
|Submission materials posted on website||February 28|
|Submissions forms due to email@example.com||Friday, April 8|
|Reviewers review submissions||Weeks of April 11 & 18|
|Reviewers participate in review calls, submitters contacted about clarification if necessary||Weeks of April 25, May 2, May 9|
|Submitters contacted with final decision||Mid May 2022|
How long does it take to complete a submission?
The length of time it takes to complete a submission will depend in part on which designation you are submitting to. For example, a Best Practice submission will likely take longer than a Cutting-Edge submission because there are more questions to answer and it may take some time to pull together the evaluation data needed for the submission. Past applicants have shared that it can take between 2 to 8 hours to complete a submission, depending on which designation you are submitting for. That being said, if you feel that completing a submission is taking more time than that, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to troubleshoot with you.
What are the changes of my practice being accepted?
If your work appears to be having a positive impact on MCH populations and is something that could be replicated elsewhere, then it is likely a good fit for our database. The vast majority of submissions are accepted to the database.
Will I be able to provide clarification if reviewers have questions about my submission?
Yes! AMCHP staff will reach out to you with any questions that reviewers have while reviewing your submission. These questions will be compiled into our submission clarification form, which submitters will have about a week to respond to. Answers to the questions in the form will be shared back with reviewers.
What happens after my practice is accepted?
After your practice is accepted, there are two more steps to be featured in the database. The first step is to complete the Database Entry Survey that will be emailed to you by AMCHP staff. This will be your opportunity to input the information that you want displayed about your practice on your landing page in our database. The second thing is to complete the Practice Summary and Implementation Guidance Handout that will be featured in our database. AMCHP staff will pre-populate the handout with information from your submission form, and you will be asked to add additional implementation information for your practice such as budget, practice timeline, and staffing considerations, among other topics.
What is the Innovation Hub Awards process?
Each year, AMCHP’s Innovation Hub Awards recognize exceptional programs in the MCH Innovations Database that have made a difference in maternal and child health. Awards are presented at our annual conference and winners are selected by AMCHP staff. All practices that submit and are accepted to the database are eligible for AMCHP’s annual Innovation Hub Awards. Awards include:
- Best Practice Award: Awarded to the highest scoring practice out of the practices received that year.
- Stakeholder Empowerment and Partnership Award: Awarded to the practice which demonstrates the greatest contribution to meaningful stakeholder empowerment and partnership.
- Advancing Health Equity Award: Awarded to the practice which demonstrates the strongest impact of meaningfully advancing racial and health equity.
- Practice Development Award: Awarded to the practice which has achieved substantial gains in moving up the Innovation Hub practice continuum.
Reviewing for Innovation Hub
Innovation Hub submissions are reviewed by a team of three volunteer reviewers who are matched with a submission based on their MCH areas of expertise. Reviewers assess the submission according to criteria related to the designation the submission applied for. Reviewers provide applicants with direct feedback on each submission’s strengths as well as areas for growth and improvement. Reviewers are expected to commit to a total of 2-3 hours to participate in the review process which includes reviewing the submission and filling out the scoring form, participating in a 45 minute call with other reviewers, and completing a survey on your experience.
Each review runs for approximately two months, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The time commitment for serving as a reviewer is roughly 3 hours total including watching an orientation video, reviewing your assigned practice, and participating in one45 min review call with your fellow reviewers.
Benefits of serving as a reviewer include:
- Contribute to the MCH field by providing valuable feedback to developing and established practices and policies
- Be on the forefront of emerging MCH evidence-based/-informed practices and policies
- Gain experience with program evaluation and a peer-review process
- Develop professionally while learning how AMCHP defines evidence and evaluates practices
- Connect with MCH professionals from around the country
Sign Up to Be a Reviewer
Interested in reviewing practices? Complete this short sign up form, and our team will contact you with next steps.
INNOVATION HUB PRACTICES
Recent Resources & Tools
Spring 2021 MCH Innovations Submission Overview
Check out the video below to learn more about our database and the submissions process. Note: Dates given in video do not reflect the Fall 2021 Review timeline. Read More
MCH Innovations Database: Minimum Criteria Checklist
The checklist below lists the minimum criteria that a practice needs to meet for each level of our Practice Continuum. Complete the checklist to figure out which designation is the best fit for your practice. The criteria build upon each other, so to receive a higher designation you must first meet all of the criteria for the previous levels. Read More
AMCHP’s Practice Continuum
Practices in the MCH Innovations Database are assessed along a Practice Continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practice depending on the level of evidence demonstrating a practice’s impact, among other criteria. Read More