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’ Support Center (FSC) and assists with AMTC’s Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA) project.

James has planned, implemented, and/or evaluated dozens of social service programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the West Indies, 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 a Master of Public Health degree from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University. He has completed certification programs in epidemiological methods, business administration, data science, and the humanities, health sciences, and society. James is 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
  • Displaced Populations
  • Implementation Science
  • Qualitative Methods


  • Project Management
  • Nonprofit Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Data Analysis
  • Grant Writing
  • Database Management
  • Group Model Building
  • Program Development