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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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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Staying in Touch with Research Subjects Can Help Prevent Selection Bias in Prospective Cohort Studies

To combat selection bias in long-term studies, researchers need to maintain a cohort of at least 80-90 percent of those who originally enrolled. But this takes time, effort, training, and sometimes a little lip balm.

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Evaluation Reports: Moving From Dusty Shelves into Action

Donors and evaluators work hard to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work in development programs. But that evidence is not always used to improve programming. Here's a look at why and how we might change that.

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Not So Fast: When Indeed Does a Social Program Need an Impact Evaluation?

A social program needs an impact evaluation when the program is ready for one.

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The Need for Speed: How Rapid Cycle Evaluation Can Help Your Organization Excel

Piloting a new strategy for program administration or service delivery can be informative and support continuous quality improvement. But we should be careful to consider some key questions first.

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Scant Evidence and Soaring Promises: New Research Needed on a Universal Basic Income

A universal basic income (UBI) is a regular, substantial, and unconditional cash income available to everyone, irrespective of their employment status or wealth. Its promise is the end of poverty as we know it.

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Building the Evidence Base to Solve America’s Toughest Challenges

The federal government sponsors hundreds of programs designed to solve some of America's toughest challenges. The most important question facing policymakers and agency leadership is this: what public policies and programs work?

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Yes, You Can Generalize from Experiments!

One of the main criticisms of experimental evaluations is that they are conducted under such special circumstances that their results may not apply to other people, places, or times. A new wave of experimental evaluations is changing that.

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