At the American Evaluation Association (AEA) 31st Annual Conference, November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., James Bell Associates staff members were well represented—making presentations, serving as the chair of panel sessions, and presenting papers. Erin Ingoldsy, Ph.D., and Tammy Richards, M.Ed., gave a presentation with Kristen Usher, ICF International, and Kathleen Wang and Sharon Newburg-Rinn, Children’s Bureau, titled Extracting and analyzing administrative child welfare case file data for use in multisite research and evaluation: An exploration into children with Prenatal Substance Exposure.
Elliott Graham, Ph.D., chaired of a panel session, Building the evaluation capacity of child-serving agencies—Developmental strategies that promote evidence building in the field. As part of this panel, the following JBA staff gave presentations: Anne Fromknecht, M.P.H. —Reciprocal learning: Facilitating peer engagement and identification of collective goals among federal child trafficking grantees; Heidi Melz, Ph.D.—The PII Approach: Integrating rigorous evaluation and implementation science to build evidence in child welfare; Julie Morales, Ph.D.—Evaluation capacity building in tribal communities: the Tribal Home Visiting Evaluation Institute; and Mariel Sparr, Ph.D.—Improving the evaluation capacity of home visiting grantees using a multi-level developmental approach.
Jim DeSantis, Ph.D., chaired a panel session, Mixed-methods evaluations of capacity building in child welfare: Strategies for addressing methodological challenges and using collaborative evaluation approaches. In addition, JBA staff (Jim DeSantis, Ph.D.; Tammy Richards, M.Ed.; Joanna DeWolfe, M.S.; and Heidi Melz, Ph.D.) and consultant Anita Barbee (University of Louisville) presented on Cross-center evaluation: The role of collaboration among four evaluation teams.
The annual conference brought together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.