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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 Mariani5/18/2017 10:51 AMNews; Press Release 

As a result of the James Bell Associates (JBA) project, Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers​, for the Children's Bureau, JBA staff members produced papers now published in the "Special Issue - Supporting Change in Child Welfare: An Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance" in the journal Training and Development in Human Services, the Journal of the National Staff Development and Training Association (an affinity peer group of the American Publich Human Services Association)​​. JBA contributing authors are Dr. James DeSanis, Ms. Tammy Richards, Ms. Joanna DeWolfe, Dr. Pirkko Ahonen, Dr. Chi Connie Park, and Ms. Lizbeth E. Caceda-Castro. To read the journal, click here​.

Mary Mariani4/26/2017 3:00 PMPress Release; News 

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) held its 2017 Biennial Meeting from April 6 to April 8 in Austin, Texas. The SRCD biennial meetings provide an opportunity for child development professionals and other researchers to connect and exchange information and ideas.

James Bell Associates (JBA) staff member Colleen Morrison, Ph.D., presented as part of a symposium titled “Child Health and Developmental Outcomes in the Context of Parental Trauma.” Dr. Morrison’s presentation was titled “Exposure to Trauma and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Low-income African American Women.” This presentation reported​​ findings from a study that examined the relationship between trauma, adverse health behaviors during pregnancy, and adverse birth outcomes in low-income, African American women.

Mary Mariani3/28/2017 4:47 PMNews; Press Release 

As part of a contract with U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Criterion Web Accessibility Solutions contracted with James Bell Associates to design and administer a Web-based survey to the U.S. Forest Service 40,000-employee workforce to assess the current state of knowledge and c​​​​​​​onformance with Section 508 requirements. The survey will yie​​​​ld information that can be used to identify gaps in training, support​​​, and implementation of Section 508 requirements. The survey will be designed to elicit employee opinions and knowledge of Section 508 requirements and conformance within the USFS. Data on these constructs and primary questions will enable statistical analyses of the current  status of USFS 508 conformance.​​​​

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