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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 Mariani2/20/2017 1:18 PM 

​James P. DeSantis, Ph.D., a Vice President at James Bell Associates (JBA); Jill G. Sanclimenti, M.B.A., a writer for the Capacity Building Center for States of the Children's Bureau; and Lizbeth E. Caceda-Castro, M.Ed., Expert Consultant at JBA collaborated on the article "Child Welfare Practice Model Implementation Projects: Lessons Learned," published online for the Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Based on qualitative analysis from a cross-site evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers, this article provides an overview and lessons learned from 14 practice model implementation projects and the use of training and technical assistance (T/TA) to support them. Child welfare agencies implement practice models to guide their processes and practices, clarify expectations, and enhance service delivery to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. Changing child welfare practices is a tremendous undertaking requiring assimilation of new concepts, policies, skills, and behaviors. The integration of a new practice model can be facilitated through tailored T/TA grounded in implementation science. To read this article in its entirety, click here​. ​

Mary Mariani11/30/2016 4:41 PMNews; Press Release 

Administration for Children and Families through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded James Bell Associates (JBA), partnering with the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE) contract. The MUSE Team will engage tribal grantees, tribal and organizational leadership, and subject matter experts to create an innovative yet feasible multi-site implementation evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting. MUSE builds on the Mother Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) conceptual model for implementation. This adaptation of the MIHOPE model highlights unique cultural and contextual inputs, outputs, and outcomes. MUSE will examine how cultural and contextual adaptations, enhancements, and supplements of tribal home visiting programs relate to quality of services and outcomes in tribal communities. For more information click on Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting.

Mary Mariani11/30/2016 4:28 PMNews; Press Release 

​James Bell Associates in conjunction with the Children’s Bureau (CB) produced a three-part video series on Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM). DDDM changes the conversations in human service organizations from opinions, anecdotes, and “turf” issues to one focusing on hard facts ​and actionable information. These videos focus on the importance DDDM places on fostering learning and improvements in child welfare and other human service organizations and systems. The primary target audiences are program directors and both newly funded and ongoing CB discretionary grantees. Managers and front-line staff from a broader range of state and local child welfare and other human service organizations will find the videos useful.

This three-part video series provides an overview of data-driven decisio​​n making (DDDM), a systematic process for collecting and using data to inform practice and policy changes that improve an organization’s operations and outcomes. Using the example of a fictional child welfare service organization (Green County Department of Human Services), the videos cover key DDDM concepts that include developing a theory of change, collecting and analyzing data, communicating findings, and making organizational improvements.

The first part of the video series  provides an overview of DDDM, explains its importance in the context of human service organizations, and describes the process of developing a theory of change as a first step in the DDDM process in the context of a fictional human services organization.

The second video explores the process of collecting and analyzing data to inform decision making in a human service context. Using the fictional example of a foster care recruitment and licensing program, the video describes the creation of data collection and tracking systems, the monitoring of ongoing recruitment and licensing activities, and using data to identify and troubleshoot problems.

The final part of the DDDM video series describes strategies for communicating information collected through the DDDM process to key stakeholder groups in a clear and concise manner and for using findings to solve problems and make program improvements. The fictional example of a foster care recruitment and licensing program is used again to illustrate these strategies.

To view the videos, click here​.​

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