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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 DC 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, as well as 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.

James Bell Associates 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 Mariani2/10/2015 9:32 AMNews; Press Release 

​The findings of JBA’s project, Evaluation of ARRA Supported Grantee Efforts to Implement and Spread CER Findings, for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is presented in a webinar listed on the AHRQ website  ​ 

This 4.5-year evaluation provided an overall assessment of grantees’ ability to accelerate the implementation and spread of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) findings and other evidence-based practices by influencing the existing networks of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 

The Webinar summarized findings from an evaluation of six AHRQ-funded grant projects seeking to promote and disseminate comparative effectiveness research findings. Three projects focused on mental health care and three on physical health care. Lessons learned from each of the grantee sites were presented in the Webinar.

Mary Mariani11/16/2014 3:15 PMNews; Press Release 

“The Path from Process to Outcomes:  A Cross-Site Evaluation of 24 Family Connection Grantee Projects” published in Family Connection Issue of Child Welfare, Volume 92, Number 6, presents findings from the JBA study Evaluation of Family Connection Discretionary Grant Project. Authors Jennifer Dewey, PhD; Grace Tipton, PhD; Joanna DeWolfe, MA; Carolyn Sullins, PhD; and Chi Connie Park, PhD present process and outcome results from 24 federally funded grants designed to reconnect family members with children in or at risk of entering foster care. The authors used local evaluation designs, data collection, analyses, and grantee reporting, along with site visits and interviews, to implement a cross-site evaluation. Target populations, service models, parent, child, and family-level outcomes, and organizational and system-level outcomes are summarized. Limitations of the evaluation and recommendations to the field are discussed. Six kinship navigator, four family-finding, one family group decision-making (FGDM), five residential family treatment, and eight combination grantees operating projects in one or more program areas were funded. Link to the Featured Issues page of the Child Welfare on the Child Welfare League of America website is​

Mary Mariani11/16/2014 3:09 PMNews; Press Release 

​The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded James Bell Associates (JBA) the contract to support Evaluation Services for Reviews for Aging and Disabilities Evidence-based Programs and Practices (ADEPP). The ADEPP webpage is a resource from ACL Center for Disability and Aging Policy, Office of Performance Evaluation designed to assist the public in learning more about available evidence-based programs and practices in the areas of aging and disability. 
JBA staff members coordinate a dual review process by a team of expert consultants to assess and rate each program on quality of research (QOR) and readiness for dissemination (RFD). The program review culminates with the development of the intervention summary report drafted by JBA and approved by the principal investigator/program developer and ACL staff members for publication on the ADEPP webpage.  Additional information is available on the ADEPP webpage at

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