Abt uses a range of research methods and analytic approaches to guide program and policy development in adult learning.
We are a forerunner in conducting research and evaluation studies in adult basic skills instruction. Our studies include experimental and quasi-experimental reading studies that assess the factors associated with low-skilled adults’ reading development.
Our development and dissemination of models improves state and local programs and policies. For instance, our models have helped enhance professional development, interagency coordination, and the implementation of adult basic skills (ABE) and English-as-a second language (ESL) services.
Finally, we integrate evaluation and policy monitoring processes to help states develop systems so that adults can make the transition from acquisition of basic literacy and math skills to postsecondary education and employment. This approach can contribute to the adult learning field’s knowledge base for systemic change.