Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
NASA’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) is designed to appeal to historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth and inspire their participation and long-term interest in STEM fields.
Abt Associates conducted a comprehensive, mixed-methods study of SEMAA for NASA. Through a multi-site, randomized control trial, Abt and its partners – the Urban Institute and the Education Development Center – examined SEMAA’s short-term outcomes on K-12 students and their families. These outcomes included students’ interest and engagement in STEM activities and their families’ involvement in their children’s STEM-related activities. Learning how various sites implemented SEMAA was another study goal, accomplished via interviews with local project directors and a comprehensive document. Abt’s findings yielded useful data for NASA as it expands and continues to implement the SEMAA effort.
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Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.