James Bernhardt, MPH

Independent Evaluation Consultant
Reentry and Family Strengthening Programs


Shughuli Research Group

Founder & Principal

James Bernhardt is the Founder & Principal of Shughuli Research Group and has worked with AMTC since September 2018. Mr. Bernhardt leads the evaluation planning efforts for the organization’s Department of Justice project with Fathers’ Support Center and also assists with AMTC’s Family and Workforce Centers of America project. Outside of his work with AMTC, he manages the evaluation portfolio for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis since September 2013. Mr. Bernhardt teaches courses in program evaluation and project management and worked with the Brown School Evaluation Center before joining ASA/WISHH. He earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University. He has implemented and evaluated dozens of programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the West Indies. Mr. Bernhardt’s research interests include access to care for displaced women and children, the effects of climate change and armed conflict on agricultural communities, HIV prevention and treatment for teenage mothers living in rural poverty, and strategies to strengthen public sector primary health care in the developing world. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the American Public Health Association.



  • Project Management
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Capacity Building
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Non-profit Development
  • Impact Assessments
  • Group Model Building
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Implementation Science
  • Logic Modeling
  • Operations Research
  • Survey Development
  • Data Science