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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 Mariani9/26/2017 11:38 AMNews; Press Release 

The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) was established in January 2016 to share knowledge about early childhood home visiting. Its goal is to support sound decisions in policy and practice to help children and families thrive.​ 

For its first issue brief, NHVRC staff interviewed leads for several MIECHV-funded projects to learn about their goals, key players, accomplishments, implications, and upcoming activities. Read the full NHVRC brief​ to learn more about the—

  • Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)

  • Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC)

  • Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN)

  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau investigator-initiated studies

  • State, territory, and tribal-led evaluation​

Also as an additional source to keep up with home visiting activities and current information go to the  NHVRC BLOG​  — to read articles such as Home ​Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) Visitors and Law Enforcement: Unlikely Allies in the fight Against Child Maltreatment and Community Crime.​​

The NHVRC is led by James Bell Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.​​​Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)​.

Mary Mariani8/18/2017 5:00 PMNews; Press Release 

Through the Family Engagement Impact Project (FEIP), James Bell Associates was contracted through the Education Program at the Heising-Simons Foundation to develop a series of tips and resources for funders, practitioners, and policy makers to  better coordinate family engagement efforts across organizations. The project supported multiple collaborations between school districts, community organizations, and early childhood providers.​

The FEIP goal was to develop methods to improve the ways communities, professionals, and parents engage in children’s learning, and to promote positive educational outcomes for low-income immigrant children from birth through age 8. The initiative took place in two California counties, San Mateo and Santa Clara. 

FEIP engaged Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. to evaluate the implementation phase of the project. JBA drew from the evaluation findings to develop a series of six briefs for parents and educators. To view each brief, click on the title.

1. The Family Engagement Impact Project (FEIP): Overview. A visual representation of the goals, strategies, and outcomes of the initiative.

2. Building Capacity for Family Engagement. Read how grantee partnerships that were part of FEIP built the capacity of families, professionals, and organizations to work together and bolster educational outcomes for young children.

3. Evaluating Family Engagement. Discover key steps used to evaluate FEIP and glean insights into methods and instruments that can be used to assess family engagement services and outcomes.

4. Implementing Raising A Reader Plus. Learn about the successes and challenges of FEIP grantee partnerships in implementing Raising A Reader Plus, an early literacy and parent engagement program that helps improve reading skills of children birth through age 8.

5. Supporting Teachers to Engage Parents. Read five important lessons learned about building teachers’ knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage families.

6. Building Community Partnership in Support of Family Engagement.​ Take a look at 10 tips for community partnerships seeking to coordinate a family engagement initiative.​

Mary Mariani7/10/2017 2:19 PMPress Release; News 

The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) web site, featuring the new 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook is available. The NHVRC provides comprehensive information about early childhood home visiting. Its goal is to support sound decisions in policy and practice to help children and families thrive. Other features on the site include a catalog of home visiting research, an interactive map with data, and stories from the field. To learn more and stay in touch with the NHVRC visit

The 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook presents a portrait of early childhood home visiting across America, expanding the understanding of who receives, administers, and funds home visiting. Highlights from the yearbook include (1) more than a quarter of a million families (including more than 300,000 children) received evidence-based home visiting services in 2015 over the course of more than 2 million home visits and (2) about 18 million pregnant women and families (including more than 23 million children) could benefit from home visiting but are not being reached. For more information on the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, ​click on an overview​​ and yearbook​.

NHVRC was established in January 2016 to share knowledge about early childhood home visiting. Quality home visiting programs have demonstrated a range of positive outcomes, including improved child development and school readiness, reduced child maltreatment, improved parent education and employment outcomes, and increased economic self-sufficiency. The NHVRC collects, synthesizes, and disseminates information about home visiting to improve practice and policy at the national, state, and local levels. It focuses on three key areas: the need for home visiting, the status and characteristics of home visiting programs, and new and emerging research on home visiting.

The NHVRC is led by James Bell Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.​

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