The Role of #SocialMedia in #PolicyResearch

Social media is replete with promotions, half-truths, and blatant falsehoods. Pith triumphs over validity and nuance. So social media seems like the last place to advance the cause of rigorous social, economic, environmental, or health policy research, which is at the core of Abt Associates' mission.

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Climate Change: A Tipping Point in Paris

My expectations weren't high as I headed toward Paris earlier this month for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21). Frankly, I'd been jaded by the lack of progress on climate change over the last 20 years.

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Stay Tuned: More on Ethiopia’s Experience in Community-Based Health Insurance

In a blog post following the conference in Rotterdam on universal health coverage in Africa, Bruno Meessen of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp debated whether voluntary health insurance behaves like a "zombie, shot many times but always coming back." Is this true? Are there exceptions where voluntary schemes perform well?

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Administrative Data: When Is It Useful for Estimating Impact?

In early October, we had the pleasure of participating in a meeting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entitled "The Promises and Challenges of Administrative Data in Social Policy Research." Consistent with the title of the meeting, the presentations emphasized both the promise of using administrative data for policy analysis and the real challenges of doing so: getting access to the data, understanding what it means, verifying that it is sufficient for the intended purpose.

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