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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 Mariani4/7/2014 4:11 PMNews; Press Release; Human Health 

​The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the US Department of Health and Human Services again awarded JBA a Planning, Evaluation, and Analysis Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to perform program evaluations for determining the effects of AHRQ's activities in specific populations as well as general knowledge transfer, diffusion, and adoption. 
The scope of the 5-year contract covers a wide range of planning and evaluation activities including but not limited to preparing evaluation design studies and program evaluations; evaluation syntheses and meta-analyses; performing longitudinal evaluations from an activity's inception through various milestones to outcomes, impacts, and adoption; conducting economic, cost-benefit, and other types of cost-related analyses; developing and implementing customer satisfaction surveys; and, conducting internal management and organizational studies.

Under the predecessor contract, JBA performed program evaluations projects on AHRQ-related initiatives: Evaluating ​the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient Centered Outcomes Research​, Evaluation of ARRA Supported Grantee Efforts to Implement and Spread CER Findings, and The Longitudinal Evaluation of the Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Demonstration Program.

Mary Mariani3/22/2014 12:07 PMNews; Press Release; Conference & Speaking; Human Health 

​JBA will present the findings of a 2-year evaluation Evaluating ​the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research​ and share recommendations, in the form of a roadmap, that will help Agency for Healthcare Reserach and Quality (AHRQ) move forward with training the next generation of medical students, residents, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other students in the health professions about how to access, understand, and utilize Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Reserach (CER) literature and applications in clinical practice.

JBA's contribution will be a presentation of a poster based on the AHRQ-funded project. AHRQ is breaking new ground with this project because the environmental scan, interviews with the faculty, and the inter-professional forums with students revealed that no one else is conducting this kind of research on the needs of students in the health professions. The need for this project is significant because health professionals are expected to be knowledgeable in the tools and CER and PCOR.

Mary Mariani3/21/2014 9:43 AMNews; Press Release 

​JBA was awarded a contract by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to conduct a project, Implementation, Cost and Outcome Evaluation of a Two Generation Strategy, which will evaluate four, two-generation programs that are part of the foundation’s national Early Childhood Demonstration. The programs simultaneously target family economic support, parental skill building, and high quality early education for children. The programs are located in Atlanta, New York City, Garrett County, Maryland, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mary Mariani3/19/2014 3:10 PMHuman Health; News; Press Release 

​"Components Associated With Home Visiting Program Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis" published in PEDIATRICS presents findings from a JBA study Meta-analytic Review of Components Associated with Home Visiting Programs that used a component-based, domain-specific approach to determine which characteristics of home visiting programs most strongly predict outcomes. Home visiting programs demonstrated small but significant overall effects, with wide variability in the size of domain specific effects and in the components that significantly predicted domain-specific effects.

The article citation is: Filene, J.H., Kaminski, J.W., Valle, L.A., and Cachat, P. (2013). Components Associated With Home Visiting Program Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics, 132: S100-S109.

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