The Thought Leadership Paper series launched in August 2012 as another path for Abt Associates’ talented staff to share their ideas with the world. The series includes working papers, white papers, and re-publications representing a rich diversity of thought leadership from across Abt Associates. Papers in the series undergo a peer review process.

Key Factors in the Success of Public-Private Partnerships for Health and Economic Development
Theodore M. Hammett, PhD
October 2015

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have a wide range of objectives including incubating and funding innovation, seeding new markets for products and services and scaling up existing markets and responding to market failures in the delivery of commodities, promoting best practices in agriculture, entrepreneurship, transportation, and labor, and improving products and services of all kinds. This paper uses examples from Abt’s work to elaborate on key factors in successful PPPs in international health and development that were presented at Abt’s 50th anniversary event “Collaborations Post-2015 – Where Can Partnerships Take Development?” held in Washington D.C. on January 15, 2015. There is no “recipe book” for successful PPPs and this paper does not claim to offer one but it does show how Abt Associates has contributed to the state of the art by adopting and further developing success factors identified by experts in the field.

Estimating the Change in Ecosystem Service Values from Coastal Restoration
Ann Speers, MS, Elena Besedin, PhD, David Mitchell, PhD
June 2015

Coastal ecosystems are some of the United States’ most important and vulnerable natural resources. While coastal restoration has potential to greatly enhance ecosystem goods and services that provide substantial economic value to nearby and distant communities, quantifying longer-term benefits of habitat restoration can be challenging. This lack of information on the long-term economic effects of habitat restoration reduces environmental managers’ ability to accurately assess alternative projects or fully evaluate the benefits of local or regional habitat restoration programs. To demonstrate potential value of the ecosystem service flows resulting from coastal restoration, our study analyzes changes in ecosystem goods and services created or enhanced by three major coastal restoration projects and estimates the monetary value of the enhancements.

Technical Assistance for Economic Governance: A Guide to Select, Develop, and Implement Economic Policy Projects
Narciso Suárez, Lucía Gamboa
February 2015

Identifying opportunities for technical assistance on economic development can be tricky and overwhelming. Project managers face a multitude of policy initiatives, programs, and institutions—directly or indirectly devoted to achieving economic growth—to choose from under time, know-how and budget constraints. Economic development initiatives have the particularity of taking time to produce results and even then impact can be hard to observe if careful monitoring and evaluation are not in place. Abt’s Narciso Suárez and Lucía Gamboa propose an approach for pre-selecting, planning, and implementing international economic development projects through foreign technical assistance. 

Read more Thought Leadership Papers:

Making an Impact: Technical Assistance, Reporting Requirements and the Challenge of Improving Governance Tim Kessler January 2015
The Centers of Excellence Approach in the Dominican Republic: Empowering Teams to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Health Outcomes Elizabeth Conklin, Carlos Cuellar, and Alexandra Hulme November 2014
Empowering Vulnerable Populations to Build Resilience: Concept Note and Project-Based Applications Thierry van Bastelaer December 2014
A Review of Methods to Evaluate HIV Prevention Interventions for People Who Inject Drugs in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Methods, Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities Theodore M. Hammett, Ph.D., and Danielle S. Parsons-Smith, M.P.H. July 2014
How Much Money Should Be Set Aside for Accruals in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration? Meryl Finkel May 2013
The Moving to Opportunity Demonstration’s Impact on Health and Well-being Among High Dosage Participants Shawn Moulton, Laura R. Peck, and Keri-Nicole Dillman February 2013
UI in the Early 21st Century Jacob Alex Klerman January 2013
What Works for Addressing the What Works Question in Field Experiments Laura R. Peck July 2012
Obstacles to and Limitations of Social Experiments: 15 False Alarms Stephen H. Bell & Laura R. Peck June 2012
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