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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 Mariani7/10/2017 2:19 PMPress Release; News 

The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) web site, featuring the new 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook is available. The NHVRC provides comprehensive information about early childhood home visiting. Its goal is to support sound decisions in policy and practice to help children and families thrive. Other features on the site include a catalog of home visiting research, an interactive map with data, and stories from the field. To learn more and stay in touch with the NHVRC visit

The 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook presents a portrait of early childhood home visiting across America, expanding the understanding of who receives, administers, and funds home visiting. Highlights from the yearbook include (1) more than a quarter of a million families (including more than 300,000 children) received evidence-based home visiting services in 2015 over the course of more than 2 million home visits and (2) about 18 million pregnant women and families (including more than 23 million children) could benefit from home visiting but are not being reached. For more information on the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, ​click on an overview​​ and yearbook​.

NHVRC was established in January 2016 to share knowledge about early childhood home visiting. Quality home visiting programs have demonstrated a range of positive outcomes, including improved child development and school readiness, reduced child maltreatment, improved parent education and employment outcomes, and increased economic self-sufficiency. The NHVRC collects, synthesizes, and disseminates information about home visiting to improve practice and policy at the national, state, and local levels. It focuses on three key areas: the need for home visiting, the status and characteristics of home visiting programs, and new and emerging research on home visiting.

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.​

Mary Mariani6/26/2017 1:17 PMPress Release; News 

​​For fiscal year 2016, James Bell Associates (JBA) was recognized as one of the four TOP AWARDEES by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization and Program Support Center (PSC), Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), on the inaugural PSC IDIQ Small Business Industry Day 2017, held in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2017. Among the four awardees, JBA was the only small business receiving recognition; other top awardees were RTI, Urban Institute, and Mathematica.

For the fiscal year 2016, PSC IDIQ awarded over 23 million dollars for new awards to small businesses and over 59 million to new large business awards. This event was specifically designed to give small business awardees under the PSC IDIQ contract and HHS program staff an opportunity to meet in person, learn more about the PSC IDIQ procurement landscape, share ideas in an open dialogue, discuss needs and capabilities, and engage with PSC procurement staff providing support under this contract.​​

Mary Mariani6/5/2017 11:30 AMNews; Press Release 

​At the 20th anniversary meeting of the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium on May 24, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. James DeSantis, Vice President of James Bell Associates, delivered a presentation on “Challenges in Conducting Evaluation of Capacity Building Services Provided by Three Different Centers.” He presented an overview of the data collected to date for the cross-center evaluation of the capacity building collaborative and discussed the challenges of developing common instruments applying to all providers when there are differences in approach. He also spoke about challenges in making connections between T/TA and outcomes when contextual factors may have an influence. Dr. DeSantis served on a panel: the Evaluation Challenges Associated with Adaptation to Changing Priorities in Training and Technical Assistance Initiatives. 

The theme of the symposium, hosted by the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, was Celebrating 20 Years of NHSTES: Honoring Our Past, Fulfilling Our Present, Preparing for Our Future. ​

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