Mothers’ Advocates in the Community (MOSAIC)
Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2013
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
Implemented in Australia, Mothers’ Advocates in the Community (MOSAIC) aimed to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) and depression and improve mothers’ health, well-being, and attachment to their children. It targeted women who were pregnant or had a child age 5 or younger and reported experiencing IPV or psychosocial distress. The program included 12 months of weekly home visits and regular telephone calls with nonprofessional peer mothers, known as mentor mothers. Mentor mothers provided safety and self-care strategies, parenting support, and information and referrals for community resources (including family violence services). For more information, please read the Model Overview.
Extent of evidence
Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Notes: If the model does not meet criterion 3 but meets criteria 1 and 2 based on findings from subgroups, the impacts must be replicated in the same domain in two or more studies using non-overlapping analytic study samples. HomVEE assesses and reports criteria 4 and 5 for all models that have well-designed research, but meeting those two criteria is only required of models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials. Please read the HHS criteria for evidence-based models for more information.