Independent, external program evaluation has been a priority and key component of the First Born® Program since its inception in 1997.   It is through responding to assessment data that the program is able to improve and evolve.

The program has been evaluated by Ivan de la Rosa, Ph.D., School of Social Work, New Mexico State University. The results of those evaluations appear in two peer-reviewed journal articles.

In 2002, the First Born Program was named one of the nation’s 10 Most Innovative and Exemplary Prevention Programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and other collaborative national agencies.

The RAND Corporation is currently conducting an evaluation of the First Born Program model.  When results are available, the findings will be disseminated to policymakers and the research communities in New Mexico and across the country. Dissemination of findings will focus on publishing journal articles in addition to presentations at professional meetings. The RAND Corporation will produce a series of articles on different aspects of the findings, such as lessons learned from implementation in all FBP sites, birth outcomes, outcomes for one- and two-year-old children, and cost effectiveness.