The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect of the Children’s Bureau held its 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) titled “Building Community, Building Hope” from August 31 to September 2, 2016 in Washington D.C. This conference brings together professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers from a variety of disciplines who share a commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families.
James Bell Associates (JBA) staff members, James Bell, M.A., Kim Keating, M.Ed., and Heidi Melz, Ph.D., presented.
Mr. Bell with Andrew Burwick, M.P.A., of Mathematica Policy Research, and Josh Leopold of the Urban Institute, presented a workshop on the “Techniques and Tools for Cost and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Child Welfare Programs.” The workshop introduced participants to key concepts, methods, and tools for cost analysis using illustrations from research on child welfare programs.
Ms. Keating made her presentation at the annual meeting for the 2014 Grantees to Address Trafficking in the Child Welfare Cluster. The title of the presentation was “Early Implementation Synthesis Report Findings.” She also led the Evaluation Breakout Session, for evaluators to continue ongoing discussions related to the Trafficking Awareness Survey, data collection, collaboration measures, and other topics.
Dr. Melz presented with Susan Chibnall, Ph.D., and Carol Bruce, Ph.D., of Westat. Their presentation was titled “Evaluating an Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Family Functioning and Decrease Time in Foster Care: Findings from the Permanency Innovations Initiative.” This presentation reported findings from a study of the application of Parent Management Training - Oregon as part of an intervention to improve family functioning and reduce time in foster care.