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Child Welfare

Addressing multiple areas of child and family well-being, including child maltreatment prevention, adoption, foster care, family preservation, and support.

Child & Family Development

Studies have focused on home visiting, teenagers facing emancipation from foster care, adolescent self-management of diabetes, and early intervention programs such as Head Start.

Health Care

These projects have addressed Medicaid managed care, behavioral health outcomes, chronic disease management, integrated HIV/AIDS care, and medication adherence.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

These projects have addressed issues such as co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and stigma and discrimination that effects persons with mental health issues.

​​James Bell Associates (JBA) ~ State-of-the-art independent program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance for both public and non-profit organizations

James Bell Associates (JBA) is a leading and respected evaluation and research services firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Over the last three decades, JBA has established a national reputation for excellence in evaluation and research focusing on innovative health and human services programs run by federal, state, and local governments and by universities, foundations, and private firms. JBA is widely known for its highly customized approaches to planning and conducting independent program evaluation and applied research and for offering practical technical assistance (TA) and training to enhance clients' performance measurement capability.

JBA delivers objective and useful knowledge to decision-makers and stakeholders on performance and innovation across a broad spectrum of health and human services programs and policy areas, including the following:

  • Child Welfare
  • Child and Family Development
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mary Mariani9/20/2016 2:51 PMConference & Speaking; News; Press Release 

​On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance​ held its introductory meeting on Community of Learning on Two-Generation Strategies. The Community of Learning is made up of eight teams representing a mix of state, local, and tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, Health Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees, and Health Profession Opportunity Grants programs. Each is interested in exploring ways to incorporate two-generation approaches into their current service delivery models to improve outcomes for children and families.

Kim Keating, M.Ed., of James Bell Associates spoke as a subject matter expert on The Power of Storytelling​  in qualitative research. ​Todd Bartko, Ph.D. also participated on the Two-Generation content panel where he brought his experiences from working on the Anne E. Casey Foundation project Implementation, Cost, and Outcome of a Two-Generation ​Strategy. (For more information click on the titles.)

Mary Mariani9/7/2016 4:07 PMNews; Conference & Speaking; Press Release 

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.​

Mary Mariani9/2/2016 4:18 PMNews; Press Release 

​In 2015, the Children’s Bureau funded a new multi-year study to evaluate the services of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. The Collaborative is a partnership of  the Center for States, Center for Tribes, and Center for Courts. James Bell Associates and ICF International are conducting the cross-center evaluation of the Collaborative under a 5-year contract award. The cross-center evaluation is designed to respond to a set of evaluation questions posed by the Children’s Bureau to increase knowledge about the Centers service interventions and  effectiveness, recipient satisfaction with services, and collaboration within and across centers.  

The collective goal of the Collaborative is to build the capacities of state, local, and rival child welfare systems to successfully undertake practice, organizational, and systemic reforms necessary to implement federal standards and achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families.​ 

This brief describes the framework and methods being used in the 5-year Cross-Center Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative. To read the entire brief click here​.

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