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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 Mariani11/14/2017 2:20 PMNews; Press Release 

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.​

Mary Mariani11/3/2017 2:01 PMNews; Press Release 

​Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Department of Health and Human Services awarded James Bell Associates (JBA) in partnership with Stacy Frazier, Ph.D., of Florida International University the project titled, Improving Programs, Policies, and Services to Promote Healthy Development in Middle Childhood in Afterschool Settings. To read more about the project, ​​click on ​Improving Programs, Policies, and Services to Promote Healthy Development in Middle Childhood in Afterschool Settings​.

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)​.

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