Applied Research & Evaluation

Fulfilling the mandate and spirit of health care reform requires innovative new approaches, identification of best practices, translation of research findings to the field, and evaluation of approaches and models once in the field. JSI’s expertise is bridging the gap between research and implementation, accounting for the practical realities of our health care system and provider organizations’ missions of optimizing their quality of services to better serve their patients. For three decades JSI has been offering effective, multi-dimensional expertise to federal, state and local government agencies and health care organizations to assist in the design and implementation of research and program evaluation. JSI’s expertise is field-based and employs mixed methods approaches with a purpose of discovering and recommending practical solutions that work in real world settings.

Research

JSI uses multidisciplinary teams and rigorous research designs to understand how individual behaviors, organizational factors, market context, information technology, and/or financing systems affect access, quality, cost, and health outcomes. Knowledge and findings from this work result in practical recommendations to policy makers and health practitioners for improving health services delivery.

Survey Research

JSI generates exceptional response to its surveys through tailoring survey instruments, sampling designs, and data collection modalities to its audience. In addition to traditional forms of survey research (mail surveys, email surveys, telephone and in-person interviews), JSI has employed innovative technologies, including social media, to reach a wide range of audiences. Examples of these audiences include youth, disenfranchised populations, elderly, providers, and policy makers.

Implementation Research

Application and uptake of research findings and best practices in the field present many challenges. Implementation research studies the “how” underlying this uptake process. Through identifying population, patient, provider, organizational, and systems factors related to implementation, JSI’s work contributes to a services delivery system that is increasingly more evidence based.

Program Evaluation

To ensure that scarce healthcare resources are being used appropriately and efficiently, understanding whether particular programs or approaches are effective is essential. Skilled particularly in multi-site program evaluation, JSI uses mixed methods approaches to assess program impact over the short and longer term, generalizability to other settings, and factors related to program replication.

Data Analysis

JSI carefully chooses its analytic methods to ensure that they match the available primary and secondary data, are understandable and provide actionable, useful results. Included among the quantitative approaches are: mapping, survey weighting and claims analysis. JSI often employs mixed methods research to understand the story behind the numbers.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: Vermont Infant Safe Sleep Research and Social Marketing

Vermont Infant Safe Sleep Research and Social Marketing

JSI will conduct formative research and develop a social marketing campaign to reduce SIDS in VT.

PROJECT
View details: Opioid Urgent Care Center Pilot Evaluation

Opioid Urgent Care Center Pilot Evaluation

JSI is evaluating an opioid urgent care center pilot in partnership with the MA DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).

PUBLICATION
View details: Food for Everyone

Food for Everyone

PROJECT
View details: Collection of Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data in Massachusetts Healthcare Facilities

Collection of Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data in Massachusetts Healthcare Facilities

JSI worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to collect and analyze health care personnel influenza vaccine coverage data for the 2015-2016 influenza season from health care facilities in Massachusetts.

PROJECT
View details: Strategies and Practices to Reach Uninsured Adults with Vaccination

Strategies and Practices to Reach Uninsured Adults with Vaccination

JSI helped to identify current best practices among immunizations programs to improve access to immunization services for uninsured adults.

PROJECT
View details: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Outcomes within the Context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Outcomes within the Context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

JSI's most recent work with the RWHAP program will be to evaluate the impact of coverage obtained through the Affordable Care Act and RWHAP service use post-ACA on client health outcomes.

PROJECT
View details: Strategic Planning, Partnership Evaluation, and Coalition Management for CDC's Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Strategic Planning, Partnership Evaluation, and Coalition Management for CDC's Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

JSI is assisting with the establishment of a NCIRD Strategic Partnerships Plan to drive the engagement of a partner network. The network will increase NCIRD reach & impact through shared resources and implement systems for continuous program improvement.

PROJECT
View details: Vermont Asthma Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services

Vermont Asthma Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services

This project promotes comprehensive asthma control services in Vermont and reduce the burden of asthma in the state, particularly targeting populations experiencing the greatest burden.

PROJECT
View details: Food Access Assessment for Vulnerable Populations in San Jose

Food Access Assessment for Vulnerable Populations in San Jose

JSI conducted an assessment in San Jose, California, that identified food access resources and needs for two target populations: homeless individuals and low-income seniors.

PROJECT
View details: Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP)

Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP)

JSI provides support to Healthy Start grantees to ensure program effectiveness in achieving their goals to reduce infant mortality and health disparities, and improve perinatal health outcomes.

PROJECT
View details: Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

The HSHC project is evaluating the process of school and community partnerships to develop and implement multi-factorial interventions and the results of their impact, aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

PROJECT
View details: Studying the Feasibility of Whole-Person Care in California’s Safety Net

Studying the Feasibility of Whole-Person Care in California’s Safety Net

JSI examined the opportunities/challenges of increased coordination between the delivery of health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and social services to provide “whole-person care” while addressing the population’s health and socioeconomic needs.

PROJECT
View details: Learning from Safety-Net Accountable Care Organizations

Learning from Safety-Net Accountable Care Organizations

JSI and partners are conducting case studies on four emerging ACOs serving safety-net populations in MA, MN, CA, to generate relevant information for those interested in improving care for vulnerable populations and reducing health disparities.

PROJECT
View details: Evaluating Ozarks Regional YMCA: Implementing policy and environmental changes to improve population health

Evaluating Ozarks Regional YMCA: Implementing policy and environmental changes to improve population health

JSI evaluated this two-year initiative and implemented a mixed-method approach to assess the impact the programs, policies, and environmental changes on residents' health as well as the overall awareness of these initiatives.

PROJECT
View details: Studying the Value of Community Clinics and Health Centers for the California Primary Care Association

Studying the Value of Community Clinics and Health Centers for the California Primary Care Association

CPCA sought to determine whether FQHC had an impact on the total costs to the health care system and whether they were helping reach the Triple Aim goals. JSI study highlights the true value of FQHC to both their patients and the overall health system.

PROJECT
View details: Reducing Medicaid Readmission among Safety Net Hospitals

Reducing Medicaid Readmission among Safety Net Hospitals

Safety net hospitals, which serve the nation's most vulnerable populations, have high rates of avoidable Medicaid readmissions. To reduce costs and improve care, JSI will adapt and test current best practices for improving care transitions.

PROJECT
View details: Increasing Access to Adult Immunizations in Massachusetts

Increasing Access to Adult Immunizations in Massachusetts

JSI co-hosted the annual MA adult immunization conference. The conference gathered a range of health care providers and public health professionals to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates

PROJECT
View details: ABCD Entre Nosotras II (Between Us) Program Evaluation

ABCD Entre Nosotras II (Between Us) Program Evaluation

JSI designed and implemented the program evaluation for Entre Nosotras, a peer-led intervention to reduce the inequitable impact of HIV, hepatitis, and substance abuse on young-adult African-American and Latina women in Boston.

PROJECT
View details: Evaluating The 12 Cities Project

Evaluating The 12 Cities Project

The 12 Cities Project asked the dozen cities in the US with the highest AIDS prevalence improve collaboration and integration of federal funding for HIV prevention, care and treatment. JSI then assessed whether the project accomplished its goals.

PROJECT
View details: Massachusetts Asthma Evaluation

Massachusetts Asthma Evaluation

The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.

PROJECT
View details: Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.

PROJECT
View details: Maine Health Access Foundation – Cross-Site Evaluation of Integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health

Maine Health Access Foundation – Cross-Site Evaluation of Integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health

Learn about our work with the Maine Health Access Foundation, evaluating clinical implementation of primary care and behavioral health integration.

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