Language Story

Jim is Director of Evaluation and Research at Gary Bess Associates (GBA) and has been with GBA since 2001. His language story is based on data and numbers and using the information to tell the story of a client. Jim also teaches others to understand the story found in the data mined and collected.

Jim has taught courses in research methods and program evaluation in the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico. At GBA, Jim oversees evaluations and applied research projects, and his expertise is in quantitative and qualitative assessment. As a macro practice social worker, Jim is experienced in survey question development, data coordination, data organization and analysis, and the development of final reports. For the last 10 years, Jim has been conducting evaluations with programs working towards integrated health care. He also has been/and is concurrently the local evaluator SAMHSA-funded Circles of Care planning grants for Native American tribes and agencies.


Jim holds a Master of Social Work from California State University, Chico, CA, and has taken doctoral courses in human and organization development.