What We've Learned So Far About Expanding Pre-K

Abt Associates' ongoing evaluation of Massachusetts' federal Preschool Expansion Grant offers timely insights about how to implement high-quality preschool through public-private collaborations.

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Categories: Education

Abt Bites Back: World Malaria Day 2017

Thanks to investments by USAID, the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative, and the Global Fund in vector control, diagnosis and prevention treatment, Abt Associates has a played a major role in reducing the burden of malaria.

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Fighting the Bite in Kenya: What We’ve Learned About Malaria Control

Malaria remains the leading cause of hospitalization and death in Kenya, despite being an entirely preventable and treatable disease. Here's how indoor residual spraying is making a difference.

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Tags: malaria

Regional Trade Stabilizes West Africa’s Food Supply. How Do We Make It Work Better?

Staple commodity trade across West Africa is the golden key to food security and economic security in one of the world's poorest corners. How can we grow and professionalize this trade in West Africa?

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What Does Homelessness in the U.S. Really Look Like?

Can we believe our perceptions of homelessness based on what we see on the streets? A decade of research provides a definitive answer: no.

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Do Vouchers Lead to Greater Learning? Depends Where (and When) You Look

At the center of the current education policy debate is the use of school vouchers to directly pay for children to attend whichever school they want. But what is the evidence on their effectiveness?

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Categories: Education

Want to Have an Impact on Housing Policy? Go Local!

Local decisions affect the density at which housing can be built and the complexity, duration, and cost of the land entitlement process, which in turn affect the cost of housing.

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Tags: housing

The Future Of Medicaid: When Improving Upon The Wheel, Start With Something Round

As states and the federal government jointly design Medicaid's future, let's include what we know works - and eliminate what does not.

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Categories: U.S. Health

A "Menu" of Policies to Improve Diets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and nutrition assistance programs more broadly are intended to eliminate hunger and improve diet. What's the strongest evidence for improving the diets of SNAP participants?

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Categories: Food Security

When Is Randomization Right for Evaluation?

I advocate using randomized experiments because they provide a high level of confidence in the results. But they aren't always possible or appropriate. So what criteria should researchers use to decide when to use them?

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