Asset-Building Model for HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Shows Promise for Increasing Earnings and Building Financial Capability

In a policy analysis, I explore the implications of this research for the broader debate about how to help residents of subsidized housing increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability.

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Getting the Word Out: How Can Formative Evaluation Impact Program Direction?

In the last five years, Abt Associates has used formative evaluation – which provides continuous feedback – to help the Conrad Hilton Foundation refine its efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles.

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Why Do We Spend More on Addressing the Effects of Childhood Neglect Than Preventing It?

New evidence from Abt Associates highlights two particularly promising approaches to building parental capacity to provide a strong family foundation before neglect occurs: parenting education and career pathway education models.

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Categories: Education

Adaptive Management – What’s in a Word?

Why is Adaptive Management so important to Thinking and Working Politically? And how do we overcome the challenges it poses?

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What We Know About Getting School Partnerships Right

Schools and districts have long partnered with external organizations to deliver an extraordinary range of enriching programming to their students during and after the traditional school day. A growing body of evidence suggests that these programs ...

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Categories: Education

Unconventional Storytelling Showcases Timorese Women Making a Difference

Local universities in Timor-Leste hand-picked 26 journalism students to participate as storytellers, capturing rural Timorese women making significant contributions to their country.

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Categories: Education

How Can You Analyze 12,000 Documents Quickly? It’s Natural … Language Processing

Federal agencies rely on public comments to inform their actions. However, sometimes the agencies are overwhelmed with thousands of public comments – too many for their staff members to read individually. How can they handle this feedback? 

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Categories: Technologies

Bismarck’s Miraculous and Unfortunate Re-emergence: Social Health Insurance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Otto von Bismarck unified Germany in the 19th century, using the health financing system to aid in the process. But what worked then for Germany doesn't necessarily work elsewhere today.

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Why Don’t More Housing Voucher Recipients Live in Better Neighborhoods?

More than a quarter of U.S. renters spend most of their income on housing. Ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. New research examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live.

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Five Insights on How Governance Can Help Build a Responsive Health Workforce

Abt Associates hosted an event in January to learn about ongoing global initiatives in building responsive community health systems and how they connect to governance and achieving universal health coverage.

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