Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Under federal law enacted in the 1990s, a limited number of public housing agencies (PHAs) have received demonstration authority under which they may experiment with alternatives to the standard rules under which the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs operate. Some Moving to Work (MTW) agencies are permitted to merge the funding streams they receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and use them flexibly to provide housing and services to low income families and individuals. One of the criticisms of MTW is that performance measurement has been weak for PHAs operating under MTW authority.
Abt Associates documented some of the most far-reaching innovations that have been implemented with MTW authority, worked with the industry to create new performance measures for MTW, and measured the effects of selected MTW innovations. Abt carried out the work for the HAI Group in cooperation with PHA industry organizations.
Melissa Vandawalker served as Abt’s project director for this study.
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.