Capacity Building

Capacity Building is the process through which individuals, institutions, and societies obtain, strengthen, and maintain capabilities for performance effectiveness and efficiency. This is an important part of Abt Associates’ mission. We help governments, businesses, and private organizations to make better decisions and deliver better services and products – sustainably.

The Capacity Building Methods Center works across Abt’s divisions to:

  • Capture, document and develop best practice approaches, tools, and resources that form the basis for Abt’s capacity development work;
  • Provide quality assurance for capacity building initiatives by developing, reviewing and evaluating instructional design of e-learning, instructor-led and blended curriculums, and training resources and job aids;
  • Monitor trends and hot topics in capacity building, participate in working groups and conferences, and conduct internal professional development training; and
  • Develop capacity building resources and tools including program or project specific strategies.
Specific examples of the center’s capacity building work include: 
  • The presentation of two Abt developed capacity development initiatives at the USAID Local Capacity Development Summit;
  • A podcast for the Center for Strategic & International Studies series on Perspectives on Local Capacity Building;
  • Providing instructional design expertise for project training activities; and
  • Documentation and collection of Abt capability statements around capacity development themes
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Center Directors

bonnie kligermanBonnie Kligerman is senior associate at Abt and an organizational development, instructional design and training specialist with more than 25 years of international experience working on capacity development programs in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Asia. She has worked in health, business development and economic growth, banking and finance, and legislative strengthening.

Kligerman has a bachelor’s in American History from Hampshire College, a master’s in Educational Planning, Research and Evaluation from Harvard University. She also is a Certified Performance Technologist from the International Society for Performance Improvement.
Brooke SpellmanBrooke Spellman is a principal associate at Abt and has more than 20 years of experience in research and technical assistance on community development issues. She primarily works with U.S. government and local clients to develop strategies and build local capacity to improve policy and programmatic responses to homelessness and poverty. 
Spellman has a bachelor’s in Architecture from Wellesley College and a master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Florida.