Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Throughout its history, Abt Associates has conducted high-profile studies that have shaped programs and policy. The following briefs are intended to synthesize Abt research and its potential implications for policy.
Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?
Martha R. Burt, Jill Khadduri, and Daniel Gubits
The brief is the first in a series of research briefs commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services that draw on the Family Options Study to inform HHS and HHS grantees about strategies for preventing and ending the homelessness of families, children, and youth. Jill Khadduri, and Daniel Gubits of Abt Associates and joined consultant Martha R. Burt to examine participation among families experiencing homelessness in social safety net programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), and publicly funded health insurance programs. They found that while participation rates varied by program, homeless families in the sample reported rates of participation in social safety net programs greater than or equal to those of other deeply poor families.
Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) Evaluation
Most U.S. adults – especially low-income Americans and people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – fail to meet U.S. Dietary Guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service contracted with Abt Associates to evaluate the Healthy Incentives Pilot in Hampden County, Mass, which provided a financial incentive to certain SNAP beneficiaries for purchasing fruits and vegetables.
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration Program
SEBTC’s goal was to improve the food security of children during the summer who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. Abt Associates and its partners, Mathematica Policy Research and MAXIMUS, conducted a random assignment evaluation of the SEBTC demonstration in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
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.