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.
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.
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.