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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 Mariani6/9/2015 12:04 PMConference & Speaking; Press Release 

On May 29, Dr. James DeSantis Vice President of JBA along with colleagues from the University of Louisville and ICF International gave a presentation at the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium, held at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. The title of the presentation was the "Cross-Site Evaluation of Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Services: Implications for State Child Welfare Training Systems."​​

Mary Mariani5/4/2015 5:12 PMConference & Speaking; Press Release 

​Mr. Lance Till, MS, S​enior Research Associate at JBA, will be presenting a Poster titled "Improving Reporting In Home Visiting: Development of the RoHVER Guidelines" on May 6 at The Collaborative Science of Home Visiting meeting sponsored by the Home Visiting Research Network in Washington, DC. Mr. Till prepared the Poster in collaboration with Ms. Jill Filene, MPH, Vice President at JBA. The overall goal of this project was to create a set of reporting guidelines for home visiting that improve and enhance the accuracy of reporting home visiting intervention evaluations.​

Mary Mariani5/4/2015 4:59 PMPress Release; Conference & Speaking 

Ms. Jill Filene, MPH, Vice President of JBA and Ms. Melanie Estarziau, MPH, Senior Research Associate at JBA will be presenting on May 7th and 8thin Washington, DC​ at the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Heising-Simons Foundation. On May 7th, Ms. Filene will be presenting in conjunction with members of the HVRN community the “Targeting MIECHV home visiting to communities and families at risk: Results from the MIHOPE (Mother and Infant Home Visiting Pr​ogram Evaluation) report to Congress.” On May 8th along with other members of the MIHOPE team, Ms. Estarziau is presenting “Learning from variation in local MIECHV programs: Results from the MIHOPE (Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation) report to Congress.” 

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