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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 Mariani3/9/2018 1:07 PMNews; Press Release 

​The Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) hosted the Seventh National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting (HV) Programs - January 31st to February 2nd, in Washington, D.C. Since 1982, the Ounce has persistently pursued a single goal: All children living in America—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first 5 years of life. The summit was funded by Heising-Simons and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. 

For 3 days, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and practitioners had an opportunity to address key issues facing the field and share best practices and lessons learned. James Bell Associates was well represented.

Kate Lyon and Tess Abrahamson-Richards presented findings from the JBA project Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting; Julie Leis and Mariel Sparr presented "A Snapshot of State Efforts to Promote Positive Birth Outcomes," sharing results from the JBA project MIHOPE-Strong Start; and Jill Filene was a member of a workshop covering "Assessing Visitors’ Communication Styles Through Observation to Promote Precision Home Visiting."

Dr. Leis also presented a "Review of Variation in Home Visiting Effectiveness Across Families" at the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative Science of Home Visiting Meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 31st.​​

Mary Mariani2/8/2018 4:18 PM 

​James Bell Associates is pleased  to announce the formation of the Tribal Evaluation Practice Area.  Some samples from the tribal evaluation portfolio include Tribal Evaluation Institute; Data Collection in the Home: A TEI Toolkit​Mulit-site Evaluation of Tribal MIECHV​; Tribal MIECHV Report to Congress - November 2015​; and Evaluation of the Montana American Indian Tobacco Use Prevention Program.​

Mary Mariani2/6/2018 10:59 AM 

James Bell Associates (JBA) and the Wellesley Centers for Women, through support from the Barr Association, are conducting an evaluation of early childhood education and out-of-school time (EEOST) programs that have received capital grant funds from the state. The evaluation measures (1) program quality, (2) teacher-child interactions, and (3) child well-being before and after the programs have made capital funds​ improvements to facilities. JBA staff leading this project are Allison Meisch, Nivedita Ranade, and Erin Morehouse. To read more from the Boston project funders, Children’s Investment Fund in Massachusetts, click here​.

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