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Who We Are

Bold Ideas. Real Results.

Abt Associates is an engine for social impact, fueled by caring, curiosity, and cutting-edge research that moves people from vulnerability to security. Whether it's welfare or weather disasters, the environment or economics, agriculture or HIV and AIDS, we address the world's most pressing issues. Our work is diverse and so is our bold workforce. We never fail to ask "What if?" We identify patterns, we search for the best way.

 

 

We Make Amazing Things Happen.

Global Staff
3000+
Our diverse staff bring bold thinking to the forefront, providing evidence, expert insights, and accountability to drive successful policies and progr...
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Clients
Our clients span businesses large and small—U.S. and international governments, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and foundations.
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Capabilities
Our Capabilities span from Communications & Behavior Change to Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, to Technical Assistance & Implementation...
Founded
1965
Social scientist Clark Abt created a firm to innovate better responses to complex issues.
Countries
60
We’re on the ground in more than 60 countries working at all levels from Ministries of Health to community-based organizations.
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Focus Areas
Our Focus Areas span from Education to Food Security & Agriculture and Environment & Energy and Governance & Justice.
Advanced Degrees
51%
Our BOLD THINKERS bring a range of skills that cross methods, disciplines, and geographies to deliver real-world impact.

Mission & Values

Our mission is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We are a collaborative, global community, driven by our mission and our commitment to excellence as we strive to meet and exceed the highest professional standards. Our work with vulnerable populations makes a real impact; we are accountable for that work and how we do it. To ensure we’re able to bring our best to clients and colleagues, we promote a healthy balance between our personal and professional lives.

Who We Are quote #2

I counted on outstanding project execution and demonstrable impact from Abt when I was a client. Now every day, I see colleagues at all levels focused on helping their clients succeed and asking, ‘How can we do this better?'
Jay Knott, J.D.
Chief Business Officer
Jay Knott
Awards and Honors
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Ranked No. 11 among the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts
Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute
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Washington Technology Top 100 company
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2017 USAID Large Business Contractor of the Year Award winner
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Innovation to Action Grand Prize for PMI AIRS Project's moble soak pit innovations
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Top 20 Marketing Research Firm
American Marketing Association
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2016 Gold MarCom Award
Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals
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Pinnacle winner of the Massachusetts ECO Awards
Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Our History

In a modest office above a machine shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Clark Abt begins executing his lofty dream—to create a world free of war and poverty. From the beginning, Abt Associates is wedded to applying systems analysis and social science techniques to social and economic problems.

The Company grows rapidly, distinguishing itself as an enterprising, mission-driven agent of social change. Over the next 50 years, the boldness and insight of its founder and keen minds and commitment of its staff make good on the Company’s mission to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide.