Data Capture and Surveys

Abt Associates has more than 50 years of experience in gathering and wrangling high-quality data to help clients understand the world around them.

With our big-picture view and bold thinkers, we can look across your data, quickly assess your needs, and apply the most effective methodologies and technologies to solve some of the world’s most complex problems, such as limiting the spread of tuberculosis.

Data today comes not just from well-designed research studies such as surveys, but also from a variety of technology-driven sources: Social media, GPS coordinates, connected lab devices, sensor data, pictures and videos, Bluetooth-enabled devices, and more.

We use a range of techniques and methodologies to identify and correct potential issues in the data, including formatting and missing information, which reduces the time it takes to wrangle data into a proper form for analysis. And our Information Technology Security and Data Privacy team ensure that our products and services meet the highest privacy and security standards.

We also conduct surveys in many languages, including dialects of Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Farsi. We work with smartphones, the web and social media, telephones, text, in-person, and paper using multi-mode interviewing software.

Also, we have more than 30 years of experience conducing critical election and public opinion surveys. Our survey methodologists and project management staff can assist with questionnaire development, sample design, voter modeling, demographic weighting, analysis, and reporting. 

Our Work 

A National Surveillance System for Multi-Drug Resistant TB

GxAlert is an international tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant TB surveillance system – created by Abt Associates – that is deployed or being deployed in 35 countries with USAID support. The system relays test results from the Gene Xpert machine and combines them into health alerts and performance metrics at the local, district, and national level.

The system:

  • Alerts health officials when deadly drug-resistant TB is detected;
  • Reduces time to treatment by getting patients enrolled earlier;
  • Saves health systems hundreds of thousands of dollars in inventory waste; and
  • Provides real-time and complete TB surveillance monitoring capabilities.

What Are the Main Causes of Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers?

Abt Associates – working for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – is gathering data from 16- to 20-year-old drivers on driving frequency, decisions on wearing a seat belt, speed, driving after drinking alcohol, and other driving behaviors for the Youth Traffic Safety Survey (YTSS). We are using state driver license databases to reach out to approximately 16,000 young drivers in each of up to eight states to invite participation in a web survey with a mail follow-up. NHTSA will look at the data collected from the YTSS to better understand the causes of fatal crashes among young drivers and find solutions best suited to address those safety concerns.

How Healthy Are New Yorkers?

Abt Associates is conducting the multi-year New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). This telephone survey has an annual sample of 10,000 randomly selected adults ages 18 and older from all five boroughs of New York City. The study provides DOHMH robust data on the health of New Yorkers, including neighborhood, borough, and citywide estimates on a broad range of chronic diseases and behavioral risk factors. The survey results are analyzed and disseminated in order to track the health of New Yorkers, influence health program decisions, and increase the understanding of the relationship between health behavior and health status.

The Community Health Survey is unique in that it gathers data at the level of New York City’s 59 Community Districts, defined by census blocks within census tracts. We are conducting interviews in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

How Nutritious are Meals Served at Child Care Facilities?

Abt Associates is conducting the five-year Study on Nutrition and Wellness Quality in Child Care Settings, which will: Document the quality of meals and snacks offered in child care facilities relative to dietary guidelines; Provide insight into how nutritional quality and physician activity may be improved in these settings; And gather data on the costs of child care meals.

This Congressionally mandated survey used a multi-stage cluster sample design to select unbiased samples of 1,539 child care providers, 3,000 children and infants in their care, and 4,175 parents during the 2015-2016 school year. Providers surveyed included child care centers – including Head Start centers – family day care homes, afterschool programs that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and centers and family day care homes that do not participate in CACFP.

Data Analytics and Visualization
Abt Associates has more than 50 years of experience analyzing and presenting data in visual and interactive formats.
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Abt Helps Produce 2017 Pew Survey of Muslim-Americans
Abt Associates assisted with the design and implementation of the Pew Research Centers’ 2017 survey of 1,001 American Muslims, conducted between January and May 2017. 
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Driving Social Impact with Technology and Data
Abt Associates’ Data Science, Surveys, and Enabling Technologies practice has deep experience in developing and capturing high-quality data via complex surveys, administrative data, social media and sensor information, and the ability to normalize, analyze, and transform data into actionable insights
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