Applied Research & EvaluationFulfilling 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.
ResearchJSI 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 ResearchJSI 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 ResearchApplication 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 EvaluationTo 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 AnalysisJSI 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.
JSI will conduct formative research and develop a social marketing campaign to reduce SIDS in VT.
JSI is evaluating an opioid urgent care center pilot in partnership with the MA DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).
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.
JSI helped to identify current best practices among immunizations programs to improve access to immunization services for uninsured adults.
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.
In partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s ACTION III Network, JSI is conducting formative research to identify the key principles that should be incorporated into a re-engineered visit in primary care.
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.
JSI is working with the MDPH to develop and execute a plan to strengthen infection control capacity and competency in MA hospitals, dialysis centers, and long-term care facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our work with the Quality and Patient Safety Division at the Board of Medicine to help research and develop hospital advisories about important patient safety and quality improvement issues.
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.
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
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.
The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.
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.
Learn about our work with the Maine Health Access Foundation, evaluating clinical implementation of primary care and behavioral health integration.