Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) organization uses examples from history to improve students’ civic participation and responsibility, through FHAO-designed curricula and professional development to middle and secondary level teachers. The curriculum draws from specific historical examples of prejudice and bigotry to engage teachers, and then their students, as they read, critique, and assess both individual- and society-level decisions and consequences.
Abt Associates carried out a randomized cluster design experiment to assess the impacts of program participation on teacher and student outcomes using a delayed treatment design in which schools and teachers assigned to the control group participated in the program in the subsequent school year. The study fielded detailed surveys to 200 teachers within approximately 80 schools about teaching and about classroom environments, and assessed more than 1,200 students’ historical understanding, civic awareness, and social maturity. Findings were used by FHAO to inform program development and refinement.
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.