From Middle to Golden Age: What the Future of Evaluation Holds

I recently hit middle age: with that birthday, and given my projections, I have as many years behind me as I have ahead. In my professional life (I've spent the past 20 years as an evaluator of social welfare policies and programs), this landmark event has had me considering the future of our field. At the annual fall conferences of the American Evaluation Association (AEA; in Chicago, November 11-14) and of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM; in Miami, November 12-14), I recently had the opportunity to ask several scholars this question:  what does the future hold for the field of program evaluation?

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Climate Change: Meeting the Challenge of Our Time

Back when Abt Associates started analyzing and measuring environmental shifts, climate change wasn't even a well-known term. Today, it's the defining challenge of our time, threatening communities, infrastructure, systems and institutions worldwide - and demanding a global response.

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World Diabetes Day: Integrated Preventive Care is Worth the Investment

In 2014, global spending on diabetes reached US$ 612 billion - one in nine healthcare dollars worldwide. However, under-diagnosis, a lack of prevention, and the resulting high healthcare costs and productivity losses pose a challenge to global and national economies.

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Veterans Day 2015: Giving Veterans Chances to Grow and Prosper

I am pleased to be honoring our military veterans this Veterans Day. At Abt Associates we continue to actively recruit transitioning military personnel to join the Abt team and are proud to have added more veterans to our diverse workforce this year.

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Strong Data Security: More Work Is Needed to Support Grantees

By necessity, study participants' personal data is shared across many entities, such as grantees, contractors, and their subcontractors. But we have observed that grantees often operate with limited resources and insufficient or no IT support staff, let alone security support staff.

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