Impact. That's what we're after.
For the MOMS Partnership®, it looks like a mom who has hope, energy and takes interest and pleasure in her family and her community.
It looks like a mom who has enough diapers and is changing her baby every time they need it.
It looks like a mom playing with her baby.
It looks like a mom who gets out of the bed in the morning and can plan what she needs to do for herself and her family in the day ahead.
It looks like a mom who goes back to college.
It looks like a mom who no longer receives government benefits because she has secured - and kept - a job that pays enough so that her family is economically successful.
Out of the deep respect for the women with whom we partner and serve, we rigorously measure what, if any, impact that the MOMS Partnership creates so that we can continually raise the bar.
Past evaluations have shown that:
- 78% of MOMS participants complete the program compared to average of 30% nationally of a similar population who adhere to their mental health treatment.
- 76% of MOMS participants experience a decrease in depressive symptoms from beginning to end of the MOMS program. Of those experiencing a decrease, the average participant experiences a 48% drop in depressive symptoms.
- MOMS participants have a 67% decrease in parenting stress from beginning to end of the MOMS program.
- Children of MOMS participants attend 6 more days of school per year compared to children of non-participants.
- The percentage of women working at least 15 hours a week dramatically increases after participating in the MOMS Partnership – from 15% at time of enrollment to 39% at six months after graduating from MOMS.
Some of these findings come from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted in 2012-2016 in New Haven public housing. The treatment condition was the MOMS Partnership -- specifically the Stress Management and job readiness courses, co-delivered by Community Mental Health Ambassadors and clinicians, as well as a facilitated connection to other social services and government benefits. The control group received the same MOMS experience but with no CMHAs. The findings showed that mothers receiving the MOMS Partnership interventions for depression had lower depressive symptoms, better lease compliance, and higher adherence to the intervention than mothers in the control cohort.
Check back for data we'll publish soon about the employment outcomes of MOMS participants, along with more specific data from the RCT referenced above about lease compliance.
Ongoing and Future Evaluations
Through New Haven MOMS and Elevate, the policy lab at Yale through which MOMS is being scaled, we are trying to better understand for which populations the MOMS Partnership works best, where the MOMS Partnership works well, and how MOMS can best integrate into extant social service systems such that families can achieve breakthrough outcomes in economic and social mobility. Additionally, we are currently studying the outcomes of pregnant women who use the MoMba® app to help moms who struggle with depression. We are also looking at outcomes of using the MoMba® Live Long app to help pregnant moms who smoke cigarettes quit.