Veterans Day 2015: Giving Veterans Chances to Grow and Prosper

I am pleased to be honoring our military veterans this Veterans Day. At Abt Associates we continue to actively recruit transitioning military personnel to join the Abt team and are proud to have added more veterans to our diverse workforce this year.

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Strong Data Security: More Work Is Needed to Support Grantees

By necessity, study participants' personal data is shared across many entities, such as grantees, contractors, and their subcontractors. But we have observed that grantees often operate with limited resources and insufficient or no IT support staff, let alone security support staff.

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Social Entrepreneurs Offer New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood

For more than half a century, advocates of early childhood development have worked tirelessly to inform parents and policymakers about the importance of children's early years. This work appears to have paid off: enrollment in publicly-funded pre-k programming has nearly doubled since 2002, and a recently released poll indicates that nearly 9 in 10 likely voters in the United States agree that “the years from birth to 5 are extremely or very important to the learning and development of a child.” Early childhood development and education issues are now a key component of the United Nation’s international development agenda, with advocates citing young children as the “common basis for all dimensions of sustainable development.”

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Categories: Education

Integrate or Bust: What We Know About Integrated Care and Non-Communicable Diseases

In a recent blog post for the Global Health Council, I write about how the Sustainable Development Goals have made universal healthcare and non-communicable diseases a prominent part of the international development agenda.

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You're a What? A Program Evaluator?

From dinner parties to our children's career days in school, there's a question that invariably comes up when we're asked about our jobs: what do program evaluators do, exactly?

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Abt Associates Supports the Achievement of the Global Goals

Working with Abt means engaging every day with those who are dedicated to improving the well-being of people worldwide in an array of areas including health, climate change, food security and education. And, being part of Abt's activities leading up to and including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last month added a new level of inspiration for me to continue the type of work we do.

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World Heart Day: Raising Awareness about the World’s No. 1 Killer

September 29 marks World Heart Day - a day that the global health community should take to heart. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. More than 17.3 million people died due to heart disease in 2013, the latest data available. What's worse, the number of CVD deaths is increasing, especially in underdeveloped regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Over eighty percent of CVD deaths occur in low-and middle income countries, and heart disease and stroke are among the top three causes of years of life lost due to premature orality globally.

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Categories: Chronic Disease

Why Randomize? A Primer on Experimental Evaluations

Although Abt engages in a wide variety of research and evaluation activities, what is central to my work in particular are evaluations that use an experimental design. This blog post explains what experiments are and why we do them.

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Welcome to Perspectives

Welcome to Perspectives, a new forum for Abt Associates staff to engage in meaningful conversations - with you - in their areas of expertise.

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