Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
In D.C. policy circles, you hear a lot these days about “evidence-based policy.” With the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) demanding rigorous research evidence to support continued or increased funding for government programs, the federal government has increased its funding for randomized controlled trials to determine whether existing or proposed programs produce measurable, positive impacts.
At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the importance of evidence-based policymaking has been underscored by Secretary Shaun Donovan, the Assistant Secretaries for Policy Development and Research-Raphael Bostic and Erika Poethig and many others.
Jeffrey Lubell is Director of Housing Initiatives at Abt Associates. His new column, In House, focuses on the nexus of housing policy and research. To receive future columns by email, subscribe to At Home, an e-newsletter published quarterly by Abt’s Housing & Communities Practice, or follow @JeffreyLubell on Twitter.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.