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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 Mariani6/26/2017 1:17 PMPress Release; News 

​​For fiscal year 2016, James Bell Associates (JBA) was recognized as one of the four TOP AWARDEES by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization and Program Support Center (PSC), Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), on the inaugural PSC IDIQ Small Business Industry Day 2017, held in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2017. Among the four awardees, JBA was the only small business receiving recognition; other top awardees were RTI, Urban Institute, and Mathematica.

For the fiscal year 2016, PSC IDIQ awarded over 23 million dollars for new awards to small businesses and over 59 million to new large business awards. This event was specifically designed to give small business awardees under the PSC IDIQ contract and HHS program staff an opportunity to meet in person, learn more about the PSC IDIQ procurement landscape, share ideas in an open dialogue, discuss needs and capabilities, and engage with PSC procurement staff providing support under this contract.​​

Mary Mariani6/5/2017 11:30 AMNews; Press Release 

​At the 20th anniversary meeting of the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium on May 24, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. James DeSantis, Vice President of James Bell Associates, delivered a presentation on “Challenges in Conducting Evaluation of Capacity Building Services Provided by Three Different Centers.” He presented an overview of the data collected to date for the cross-center evaluation of the capacity building collaborative and discussed the challenges of developing common instruments applying to all providers when there are differences in approach. He also spoke about challenges in making connections between T/TA and outcomes when contextual factors may have an influence. Dr. DeSantis served on a panel: the Evaluation Challenges Associated with Adaptation to Changing Priorities in Training and Technical Assistance Initiatives. 

The theme of the symposium, hosted by the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, was Celebrating 20 Years of NHSTES: Honoring Our Past, Fulfilling Our Present, Preparing for Our Future. ​

Mary Mariani6/3/2017 3:21 PMNews; Press Release 

The Children’s Investment Fund of Massachusetts contracted with James Bell Associates  to design the evaluation of the Early Education and Out of School Capital Fund Grant Program. It supports the positive impact high quality education makes in children’s lives and acknowledges that all children, regardless of family income or circumstances, should be educated in physical environments supporting healthy development and learning. For more information about this, click Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Grant Program.

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