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#2021APPAM Spotlight: Abt Associates


The #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on Abt Associates.


What is the mission of your organization?

Abt Associates’ mission is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide.

What are your strongest areas of work?

We use data and bold thinking to improve the quality of people's lives. by providing research, consulting, and technical services globally in the areas of health, environmental and social policy, technology, and international development.

In the past year, what has been the most influential work from your researchers?

Our experts tackle complex challenges every day. We bring data-driven insights to bear at the intersection of social welfare, health, and economic policy. A few highlights from recent work include:

• Conducted critical COVID-19 research, including the CDC’s vaccine effectiveness study
• Communicated the importance of embedding an equity focus in evaluation
• Supported families with young children by highlighting efforts to strengthen the early childhood system
• Informed policy makers about the value of career pathways programs for low-skilled workers
• Explored the topic of reaching equity with data collaboration across the social determinants of health.

If you are hiring, what makes your organization a great place to work?

At Abt, we don’t just make a positive impact through our work; we make a positive impact at work, where our people are encouraged to contribute and grow. Our work environment is rooted in inclusivity. It’s how more than 3,600 people, speaking 56 languages, across 60 countries, collaborate to make an impact in communities around the world.

Is there any other information that you'd like us to highlight in your Spotlight?

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What is an interesting, unique, or fun fact about your organization?

In 1965, Clark Abt, together with a handful of colleagues from Raytheon, founded Abt Associates in a modest office above a machine shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a time of change and political unrest, and social science research was just beginning to be used as a tool in the formation and assessment of U.S. government policy. Clark’s vision of Abt Associates was a place where "good scientists and scholars with scientific integrity and high ambition" could "innovate better responses to complex problems." Those six words are the DNA of our company – why it was formed and why it has evolved over 56 years to continually meet the needs of our clients.

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