1. Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA)
B&A helps our clients maintain a high level of performance by providing technical assistance, including tools and training. As a precursor, we invest the time and effort necessary to understand how each client’s program or project functions and the challenges each faces in the design, implementation, evaluation, improvement, and sustaining of its initiatives. Once we understand each client’s particular circumstances and needs, we tailor our technical assistance for optimal fit. Our experience with government and private sector health and human services programs has shown us that effective technical assistance demands continual client and program/grantee contact—both in person and through online resources. We use several different methods to provide T/TA: Training, education, and facilitation ; Strategic planning; Strategic Communications and Networks; Social Media and Outreach, and Translating research and experience into practice.
2. Program Management and Evaluation
B&A blends content knowledge in health and human services with expertise in the field of program evaluation to inform program implementation. B&A consultants and advisors include experts in qualitative and quantitative methods who maintain research objectivity and rigor, and use the most appropriate research design to assess the effectiveness of specific programs or policies. We have experience and expertise in conducting various types of assessments, evaluations, and studies, including: Evaluability assessments, Formative evaluations, Implementation evaluations, and Impact evaluations. We can also conduct social media evaluations.
3. Policy Research, Analysis, and Advocacy
Effective policy research brings the best available information to the attention of policymakers and advocates. B&A has a distinguished record for performing policy research that influences public policy debates. Analyses of a range of alternative policies, using the most appropriate data sets, helps determine whether existing or new policies and programs would be more effective in addressing the challenges faced by the public. The information we gather directly from families and those who serve them also helps policymakers and stakeholders understand current issues and propose improved policies to meet public needs.
4. Quantitative and Qualitative Research
We provide a wide range of research services, such as literature reviews and syntheses, quantitative data collection and outcome analyses, and qualitative data collection. We often conduct qualitative research to assess how programs have been implemented and provide feedback on best practices for improvement. We have developed rigorous and thorough methods for interviewing the constellation of stakeholders, including staff, employers, policymakers, program/policy beneficiaries, and advocates in order to reach a comprehensive understanding of our issues and, in turn, help our clients to understand challenges and alternative approaches.