Workforce, Income and Food Security

Abt conducts research and evaluation related to the economic well-being and stability of children and families.

Research areas include cash-assistance programs, workforce development strategies, food security programs, and programs to enhance the development of children, youth, and families.

Our staff are recognized for their innovative work in designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. In addition, we conduct implementation evaluations that emphasize service delivery effectiveness, process improvement, organizational capacity development, and partnership formation.

Read a more detailed overview of our work in Workforce, Income and Food Security.

Read a more detailed overview of our work in Food Assistance Programs and Nutrition Research and Evaluation

Family Support & Child/Youth Development

For more than 30 years, Abt has been a leader in research and evaluation of programs designed to support children, youth and families—particularly those considered to be at-risk.

Our research has examined multi-generation family support programs, teen pregnancy prevention programs, day care environments, youth development programs, and child care policies. Across an array of policies and programs, we have conducted rigorous random assignment evaluations, in-depth implementation studies, multi-site studies, nationally representative surveys, and cost-benefit analyses.

Food Assistance Programs & Nutrition

Abt provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture with critical information on the operations and performance of its nutrition assistance programs.

We evaluate the implementation and impact, as well as the cost, operations, and program integrity of nutrition assistance and nutrition promotion programs. These include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Workforce Development

Abt plays a key role in the debate on workforce development strategies in the United States. Our research also has examined the effectiveness of numerous welfare reform policies.

Abt recognizes the highly integrated and multi-dimensional nature of successful workforce development and career pathways strategies. We draw on the diverse and interdisciplinary experience of our staff, blending research and operational expertise to address the challenges of conducting high-quality rigorous evaluations of programs, strategies, and policies related to workforce and workforce development.