What Makes Supervision Work?
A research project led by co-chairs Heather Weiss (Harvard University), Debra Daro (Chapin Hall-University of Chicago) and Barbara Wasik (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) utilized focus groups of Home Visiting supervisors to gather information on what contributes to successful supervision. What Makes Supervision Work?: Recommendation from the Home Visiting Field summarizes the research regarding participants’ experiences with supervising home visitors. Responses were grouped into eight categories:
- supportive management
- training and professional development
- coherent program design
- community linkages
- structure and communication
- salary and compensation
- facilities, equipment and administrative support
The research found that the needs of Home Visitors are similar. Home Visitors’ needs include:
- supportive work environment where they feel guided
- recognition, trust and support around issues of safety
- opportunities for professional growth and development
- structure and regular communication with their supervisor
- access to mental health services for themselves and their families
- evaluation of program implementation to build upon the strengths of the program and grow professionally.