Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
NSF contracted Abt Associates to assess the program‘s implementation and early outcomes through an analysis of data from NSF‘s web survey of all IGERT Principal Investigators (PIs) and students (all funded trainees and some non-funded student associates). PIs were asked questions about process (e.g., implementation challenges, recruitment of trainees) as well as progress towards IGERT goals for trainees (e.g., research skills, skills applicable to careers in industry, communication skills, international perspective). Trainees were asked about their IGERT experiences and how effective their education has been.
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.