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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 Mariani10/14/2014 2:37 PMNews; Press Release 

​James Bell Associates (JBA) has been selected to conduct the program analysis of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program; write the MIECHV Report to Congress; and provide briefings. In the Report to Congress, JBA will summarize the improvements in benchmark areas achieved by MIECHV grantees, technical assistance received on benchmark areas, and recommendations for legislative and administrative action.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Through a provision that authorizes the creation of the MIECHV Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the ACA greatly expanded Federal funding of evidence-based home visiting programs. As part of this legislation, a mandated report will be submitted to Congress.

Mary Mariani10/13/2014 10:32 AMNews; Press Release 

​A 5-year contract  funding the “Cross-Center Evaluation of Children’s Bureau Capacity Building Services for Public Child Welfare Agencies, Tribes, and Court Improvement Programs” has been awarded to James Bell Associates (JBA) in conjunction with its partner ICF International (ICF). This comprehensive evaluation will produce objective findings that address key research questions regarding the success of the Children’s Bureau’s refined T/TA system in building capacity in child welfare systems and promoting the kinds of change that improve child safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.
With the establishment of three national Capacity Building Centers -- the National Capacity Building Center for Public Child Welfare Agencies, the National Center for Legal and Judicial Excellence in Child Welfare, and the National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes, three complementary types of capacity building services will be provided to support the States and Tribes.  The cross-center evaluation of these services is expected to advance the field with important new knowledge on capacity building and achieving change in child welfare organizations.

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

Mary Mariani10/11/2014 2:35 PMNews; Press Release 

​A key 5-year contract to provide Evaluation and Technical Assistance for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations was awarded to James Bell Associates (JBA). JBA has been contracted by the Children's Bureau (CB) to assist States with title IV-E waivers for 20 years by providing evaluation technical assistance to more than 22 States and Tribes.

In 1994, Congress passed Public Law 103–432, which authorized State demonstrations involving the waiver of certain provisions of titles IV-E and IV-B of the Social Security Act. Waivers grant States flexibility in the use of Federal funds for alternative services and supports that promote safety, permanency, and well being for children in the child protection and foster care systems. Waivers are important tools for determining the efficacy of new approaches to providing child welfare services, and the evaluation of waivers provides critical information to inform changes in State and Federal programs and policies. States must conduct evaluations of demonstration programs, policies, and practices they implement using title IV-E funds.

The Children’s Bureau (CB), US Department of Health and Human Services awarded this contract.

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