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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 DC 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, as well as 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.

James Bell Associates 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 Mariani7/29/2014 8:50 AMNews; Press Release 

James Bell Associates (JBA) was awarded by National Institute of Health the contract to support the National Cancer Institutes Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).  JBA is responsible for coordinating the review of programs submitted to RTIPs and assigning the reseach products and publications from each intervention to a panel of experts in the field for peer review.  Once. reviewed, programs are posted on the RTIPs website (, and associated materials are made available for use.

Mary Mariani6/27/2014 8:30 AMNews 

James Bell Associates (JBA) welcomes the addition of Dr. Todd Bartko, Ms. TJ Riley, and Mr. Habby Soliman to the staff.

Dr. Bartko, Senior Research Associate, a quantitative researcher with a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State specializes in applied social science research, program evaluation, and advanced longitudinal data analytics. For JBA, he will be working in the Child & Family Development area doing outcome and cost studies for project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation: Implementation, Cost and Outcome Evaluation of a Two Generation Strategy. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Bartko was the Executive Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood.

Ms. Riley, Research Associate, brings to JBA her experience in the area of family economic success research. She holds a MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago. For JBA, she will also be part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation project: Implementation, Cost and Outcome Evaluation of a Two Generation Strategy. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Riley was a research analyst for MDRC.

Mr. Soliman, Administrative Associate, has joined JBA’s Finance and Administration Department. Mr. Soliman brings his expertise in the area of management information systems, accounting, and office management. Prior to joining JBA, Mr. Soliman was on the management staff of TCS Translations, Inc.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from DeVry University.

Mary Mariani5/16/2014 5:22 PM 

​James Bell Associates welcomes the addition of Megan Fitzgerald, PhD,  Anne Fromknecht, MPH, and Melina Salvador, MA, to the staff. 

Dr. Fitzgerald, Senior Research Associate, brings to JBA research and evaluation experience in the child welfare and juvenile service systems; she worked on multiple research initiatives from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with the US Department of Justice and also worked directly with at-risk families at The Women’s Treatment Center, a residential substance-abuse treatment center for women with children.  For JBA, she will be working in the child welfare area on the Evaluation of the Permanency Innovations Initiative.

Ms. Fromknecht, Research Associate, will be part of the team providing Evaluation and Technical Assistance for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Fromknecht directed the evaluation of the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, a national training and technical assistance center funded by the Children’s Bureau.

Ms. Salvador, Research Associate, specializes in qualitative methodology and community engagement in research, and has worked predominantly with Latino and American Indian communities. She has joined JBA’s Tribal Home Visiting Evaluation Institute to provide TA to Tribes and Tribal organizations funded through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

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