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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 Mariani10/5/2015 12:15 PMNews; Press Release 

​On October 4, Drs. James DeSantis and Pirkko Ahonen, together with colleagues from the University of Louisville and ICF International, conducted a workshop at the 2015 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) conference in Denver, CO. NSDTA is an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association. The title of the workshop was "A New Role for Training Systems: Capacity Building and Evaluating Capacity for the 21st Century."

Mary Mariani9/30/2015 3:20 PMNews; Press Release 

​A 5-year contract funding the Technical Assistance (TA) on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau (CB) Discretionary Grant Programs has been awarded to James Bell Associates (JBA). The overarching goal of JBA's contract is to support the CB in its efforts to disseminate and promote the use of knowledge regarding evidence-based effective practices and interventions in the child welfare field that address child welfare issues, particularly those that relate to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families. Grantees will implement demonstration projects in several priority cluster areas ranging from Adopting Placements for Children in Foster Care to Partnerships, Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System, Addressing Trafficking within the Child Welfare Population, to Integrating Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Practice in Child Protective Service Delivery.

​Through this sixth consecutive TA contract, JBA staff members will work closely and cooperatively with discretionary grantees to strengthen their capacity to implement the most rigorous, highest quality evaluations possible. The evaluation TA activities will play an importan​​t role in strengthening the rigor and quality of grantee evaluations, as well as in summarizing and disseminating key findings. 

JBA will support grantees in utilizing rigorous evaluation designs, including randomized control trials, and quasi-experimental designs such as propensity score matched comparison groups. Grantees will employ a range of data analysis techniques, combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the pursuit of meaningful evidence of what works in child welfare.

Children's Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services awarded this contract.

Mary Mariani6/9/2015 12:04 PMConference & Speaking; Press Release 

On May 29, Dr. James DeSantis Vice President of JBA along with colleagues from the University of Louisville and ICF International gave a presentation at the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium, held at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. The title of the presentation was the "Cross-Site Evaluation of Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Services: Implications for State Child Welfare Training Systems."​​

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