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Perspectives Blog

Clearing out the gray to deliver transparent solutions. That’s what we do as we bring clarity to answering the world’s toughest challenges. 

Blogging about our perspectives on issues — from affordable housing, child trauma and coastal restoration to universal health coverage, gender equality, blockchain technology, HIV/AIDS, influenza and more — invites readers to react and benefit from our thinking each and every day.

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The Private Housing Market: Friend or Foe?

In Evicted, Harvard Sociologist Matthew Desmond paints a damning portrait of one segment of the …
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Using Behavioral Nudges to Increase the Use of Governmen …

The idea of using behavioral theory – and especially low-cost “nudges” informed by behavioral …
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Can Open Data Make Government More Transparent in Mexico …

As the Open Government Specialist for USAID’s Mexico Economy Policy Program (MEPP), managed by Abt …
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The Missed Opportunities between mHealth and mAgricultur …

In a recent ICTforAg event, co-sponsored by Abt Associates, several of us with public health …
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When it Comes to Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Askin …

Co-authors: Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Research Methodology at the University of …
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Are the “Principles of Digital Development” Agile?

Recently, Abt Associates endorsed the “Principles of Digital Development.” These nine principles …
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The History of Unrecognized “AIDS” in Monkeys 1969-1980: …

Co-author: Roderick T. Bronson, D.V.M., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA AIDS was recognized in …
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A New Paradigm for Innovation in the Development Ecosyst …

During a recent talk at Devex World, I posed this question: “How do we learn from the world of …
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What a New Study Tells Us about Homebuyer Education and …

Laura R. Peck, PhD Principal Scientist, Social & Economic Policy   Debbie Gruenstein …
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How Can We Measure and Evaluate the Racial Wealth Gap?

The current political cycle has prompted renewed interest in the nation’s distribution of …
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Creating an Interface between Health Authorities and Cen …

When dwindling external funding for health coincides with increasing government revenue in recipient …
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College for All? Then Create Better Pathways for Low-Inc …

Julie Strawn  Principal Associate, Social and Economic PolicyThis month, more than three million …