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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 Mariani4/28/2016 2:06 PMNews; Press Release 

​The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Report to Congress written by JBA for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation has been published.​ The Tribal Home Visiting Program as part of the federal Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is an expansion of culturally responsive services for vulnerable American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) families and children, strengthens tribal communities, and contributes to more comprehensive and integrated systems of care for families and young children. The report details progress from the program's inception in 2010 to 2014. Since 2010, the Tribal Home Visiting Program expanded home visiting services to tribal communities, serving a total of 1,523 families and providing nearly 20,000 home visits. Some of the most vulnerable AIAN families who experience multiple challenges—such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and poverty—often attributed to historical trauma are being served.

The report focuses on five key components: the approach of the program, including technical assistance and supports provided to grantees; the grantee, family, and community contexts that have influenced program implementation and evaluation in AIAN settings; the expanded reach and availability of home visiting services in tribal communities as a function of the program; the extent to which grantees demonstrated quantifiable, measureable improvements in each of six "benchmark" areas specified in the legislation; and the findings about the successes of grantees, lessons learned for other programs working with AIAN communities, and recommendations to strengthen the Tribal Home Visiting program.

You can read the entire report at opre_reporttocongress_november2015_b508.pdf and the executive summary at tribalreporttocongressexecutivesummary_b508.pdf​ or on the OPRE Web site.

Mary Mariani4/22/2016 8:26 AMNews; Press Release 

​​​How can human service programs use stories for program improvement and reporting? Go to JBA Evaluation Briefs under Repor​ts & Publications and click on Using Stories for Human Service Program Improvement & Reporting​. Explore this report and accompanying brief to better understand opportunities, considerations, and methods for using storytelling to understand and communicate information about social service programs in tribal communities.​

Reports can also be found in the latest issue from OPRE Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families April 21, 2016​ (Volume 4, Issue 6).

Mary Mariani3/18/2016 5:10 PMNews; Press Release 

The Administration for Children and Families​, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation awarded James Bell Associates (JBA) and partner, Educational Development Center, Inc., the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation 2 (DOHVE 2) contract to continue and expand upon DOHVE's work on data and evaluation capacity of the MIECHV grantees. The overarching goals of DOHVE 2 are to support grantees' efforts to expand knowledge and evidence base on home visiting, build capacity to report benchmark performance measures, make data-informed decisions, and disseminate information to the broader home visiting field.

The Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has demonstrated improvements in maternal and child health, child abuse and neglect prevention, positive parenting encouragement, and child development and school readiness promotion by using evidence-based home visiting  models. The MIECHV program has started or expanded services in all states, in the District of Columbia, and five territories.​

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