Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Cities grappling with an array of difficult challenges—from weakened economies to failing school systems—will now have access to information and technical assistance resources through a new federal initiative—the National Resource Network (NRN). The pilot program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and led by a public-private sector consortium, is designed to be a one-stop, action-based resource for technical and policy assistance for local governments.
Through the Network’s website, economically distressed communities can access toolkits, guidebooks, and other online resources that summarize best practices in economic development, crime-reduction strategies, and model fiscal and operational plans. Cities can also submit questions to the Network’s “311 for Cities” online platform and obtain a customized reply within a quick response window. Initially available to 50 cities, the service will be expanded to cover additional cities over the next several years.
The Network will also be sponsoring peer networks and providing customized, on-the-ground assistance to dozens of communities. To support this mission, the Network will deploy teams of private and public sector experts to work with cities on-the-ground—work that will include building local capacity and leadership. Abt Associates is among several strategic partners working with consortium member Enterprise Community Partners to provide economic development, housing and job creation technical assistance and support to cities and peer networks through the Network.
To learn more visit the National Resource Network’s website.
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.