Specialist home-visiting

Evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Scotland:

Chief Investigators: Dr Rebecca Cannings-John and Prof Mike Robling

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of FNP in Scotland – by linking routine administrative data.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a licensed evidence-based programme designed to improve outcomes for young first-time mothers and their children. It was originally developed in the United States by Professor David Olds and colleagues at the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD), and is delivered under licence in other countries.

The research will investigate whether young mothers and their children participating in the FNP programme have better outcomes than those who are not participating in FNP.

The study will take the form of a natural experiment using linked routine data. This means that individuals who have already completed the programme in Scotland can be followed up, from a distance, using their health, education and social care information.

A data safe haven will securely hold all of the anonymised data and it will be made available to the project team via a remote portal.

The findings of the study will contribute to the developing evidence for determining the effectiveness of FNP programme in Scotland and will inform policy for expansion and continuation of the programme.


  • Cannings-John R, Lugg-Widger F, Lau M, Paranjothy S, Pell J, Sanders J, White J, Robling M. Family Nurse Partnership evaluation: methods and process. 27th Jan 2020 Scottish Government. ISBN: 9781839604522 Click here

  • Lugg-Widger F, Robling M, Lau M, Paranjothy S, Pell J, Sanders J, White J, Cannings-John R. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership home visiting programme in first time young mothers in Scotland. International Journal of Population Data Science. March 2020 DOI: 10.23889/ijpds.v5i1.1154 Click here



We gratefully acknowledge the Scottish Government who funded the service evaluation of FNP upon which this present work has been drawn.