Project

Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families

Title IV-E waivers from the Children’s Bureau allow states to test approaches to reforming child welfare and improving child safety, permanency, and well-being. JBA has provided evaluation technical assistance to states with waivers since 1998.

Currently, JBA helps 25 state child welfare agencies, along with the District of Columbia and one tribal agency, design and implement rigorous evaluations that measure the impact of the waiver demonstration projects on key child welfare outcomes. Technical assistance includes—

  • Supporting federal, regional, state, and tribal staff and evaluators in person and through conference calls and emails
  • Identifying strengths and areas for improvement in evaluation designs, reports, and data analyses
  • Providing consultation to states and tribes on evaluation planning and design during the waiver application and approval process
  • Developing products and conducting activities related to evaluation feasibility studies, cost studies, and promotion of rigorous evaluations
  • Drafting the terms and conditions for agreements governing the waivers

Staff

  • Elliott Graham, Ph.D. Director

    ​Elliott Graham has 26 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. He currently...

  • Nicole M. Miller, M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Nicole Miller has 19 years of experience in child and family services, focused primarily on child welfare and protection and child and adolescent mental health...

  • Charlie Ferguson, Ph.D., M.S.W., Ed.M. Senior Research Methodologist

    Charlie Ferguson has more than 32 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis...

  • Colleen Killian, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Colleen Killian has more than 24 years of experience in applied social science research, data analysis, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is an expert...

  • Kirsten Keene, M.A. Research Associate

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families