JG Research & Evaluation Projects

In addition to these projects, you can learn more about work our team has done in the About section of this website.

CAST: Behavioral Health Service Capacity Calculator

State Targeted Response and State Opioid Response

State of Montana Implementation Evaluation

SAMHSA block grant to the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

The federal government response to the nationwide opioid crisis has included block grants to each state that are meant to focus on expanding both prevention and treatment efforts for opioid use disorder. The State of Montana has utilized the first two waves of this funding to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and the associated behavioral health services needed to maximize impact. JGRE has provided implementation evaluation services to the State for both the STR and SOR grants, and used both process and outcome evaluation approaches to understand the strengths and ongoing needs within the opioid use disorder treatment system in Montana.

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CAST: Behavioral Health Service Capacity Calculator

Calculating an Adequate System Tool (CAST) Development

In light of the opioid crisis, SAMHSA leadership identified the need to improve the ability of communities to estimate the capacity of their substance abuse care system. Through a series of literature reviews, CAST 1.0 was created, piloted tested, and published in Preventing Chronic Disease. CAST 2.0 development has been led by JG Research & Evaluation, and has included improved methods for estimating the risk contribution from social determinants of behavioral health and a and continued refinement of the individual component estimates. During the development of CAST 1.0, it was pilot tested in Chicago, Northern Michigan, and presented for use in Flint, MI and Baltimore, MD. Over the past three years, CAST has been implemented by a range of individuals and localities, and we provided many types of technical assistance to communities and organizations interested in using the tool. This takes the form of primary instruction about how to use the tool, review of data collection by community residents, and recommendations about how to interpret the results of the assessment.

List of publications/documents:

  • CAST 2.0 Handbook
  • Green, B., Lyerla, ,R., Stroup, D., Azofeifa, A. and High, P.M. (2016). A tool for assessing a community’s capacity for substance abuse care. Preventing Chronic Disease,13: 160190. DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.160190. [Article is open-access]
  • Popular press reference in Washington Post article
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ATTRA Annual Evaluation

National Center for Appropriate Technology

JGRE provides ongoing annual evaluation of ATTRA, one of NCAT’s longest-running technical assistance programs, focused on creating continuity with evaluations conducted over the past 20 years while also updating methodologies to reflect 21st Century communications technology. The annual evaluation reports are presented to the United States Department of Agriculture and the US Congress as evidence of positive impact and justification for future funding.

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  • 2016-2019 Annual Reports available upon request
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Food Systems Background Research

Oxfam America and Oxfam International

JGRE, led by Kristal Jones, has conducted for Oxfam America and Oxfam International a series of background reports and one book chapter focused on various aspects of food systems. All of the work takes a social-environmental systems approach and is situated within the human rights-based frame that guides all of Oxfam’s programming, policy and advocacy work. A list of citations is below, with hyperlinks when possible.

List of report titles:

  • Jones, K. (2020). Zero hunger, zero emissions: Land-based climate change mitigation, food security, and equity. Oxfam Research Backgrounder series. URL: Coming soon.
  • Jones, K. (2020). Internal research on the land requirements for countries and companies to meet Nationally Determined Contributions and net-zero climate targets. Background research for Oxfam International. Details available upon request.
  • Jones, K., Pfeifer, K. and Castillo, G. (2018). Mapping the global food system: trends and their implications for institutional foodservice sourcing. In S.E. Thottathil and A.M. Goger (eds.), Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers: Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change (Chap. 2). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier.

  • Jones, K., Pfeifer, K., Castillo, G., and Tumusiime, E. (2016). Righting the wrongs for a just and sustainable food system. Background report for Oxfam America. Available upon request.
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Envision the Susquehanna Research

Chesapeake Conservancy

One of the few organizations working to implement Large Landscape Conservation in the northeast of the United States, the Chesapeake Conservancy asked us to provide them with insight and research methods for understanding how people could be better integrated into the Susquehanna river corridor conservation project. We developed a mixed-methods approach to develop this understanding, including interviews with local conservation district officials and surveys of residents in the river corridor. Our findings were used by the Chesapeake Conservancy to create a community engagement plan and offered an innovative approach for integrating humans into large landscape conservation.

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Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Act Project

Place Studies Program, Bucknell University

The initial passage of the Affordable Care Act created a vacuum of expertise in many rural places across the country. Individuals who had never had the opportunity for affordable health insurance were faced with knowledge and technology barriers. In seeing this need, we worked with students at Bucknell University to provide enrollment assistance for two enrollment cycles in central Pennsylvania. The work allowed us to see first-hand the challenges being faced by rural residents who are trying to access appropriate medical care.

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Indigenous Cultural Landscapes Background Research

National Park Service

Brandn and Kristal collaborated with colleagues at Bucknell University to produce a report for the National Park Service that provided the background for an indigenous cultural landscapes assessment of sections of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The historical information, maps and interpretation included in the report provided content for signage and public educational information along sections of the lower Susquehanna River.

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Work with JG Research & Evaluation

Our goal is to use research to illuminate social processes. The first step in every project is a discussion where we ask questions to understand what you’re trying to accomplish.