James Bernhardt, MPH

Independent Evaluation Consultant
Reentry and Family Strengthening Programs

James Bernhardt is the Founder & Principal of Shughuli Research Group (SRG) and has worked with AMTC & Associates since 2018. He leads the evaluation activities for AMTC’s Department of Justice (DOJ) project with Fathers and Families Support Center (FFSC) and has assisted with AMTC’s Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA) project.

James has planned, implemented, and evaluated dozens of social service programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. His research interests include access to care for displaced women and children, the effects of climate change and armed conflict on farmers and families, HIV prevention and treatment for teenage mothers, and strategies to strengthen public sector primary health care in developing countries.

He is currently the Director of Monitoring & Evaluation for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis since 2013. James teaches courses in program evaluation and project management and was an Evaluation Associate at the Brown School Evaluation Center before joining the team at AMTC.

James earned his MPH from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a BS in Psychology from Drexel University. He has completed certification programs in supply chain management, epidemiological methods, and the humanities, health sciences, and society and post-graduate courses in data science and complex adaptive systems science (CASS).

James is also an active member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA).


  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Operations Research
  • International Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Methodology
  • Implementation Science
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Business Analytics


  • Project Management
  • Nonprofit Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Outcome Harvesting
  • Grant Writing
  • Database Management
  • Group Model Building
  • Program Implementation
  • Qualitative Data Analysis