Learning Together: Building Stronger Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships

Promoters of evidence-based policies and practices are seeking to engage practitioners more fully in developing and carrying out technically challenging evaluations — notably randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

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Training Civilian Style: A Veteran’s Perspective on Real-World Impact

Veterans Day is an important observance to honor the estimated 21 million men and women who have served our country. But the importance of veterans is not a one-day affair at Abt Associates.

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The Paris Agreement Has Entered into Force. Now What?

The Paris Agreement, ratified last month, allows each signatory to accept country-specific emissions reduction targets and show progress in meeting those targets. This encourages all major emitters to take part in emissions reduction.

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Categories: Climate Change

One More Time With Zika: Investment in Prevention Costs Less, Means Better Health

Investments in local, state and federal public health infrastructure are necessary to stop the spread of Zika and other infectious diseases in the United States, as well as address the health outcomes for those who are infected.

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Pandemic Preparedness: Moving Beyond Public Health

A pandemic is the global spread of an infectious disease. While Ebola didn't meet the definition, it revealed how little prepared we were to manage the risks in places like hospitals and airports both operationally and politically.

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In Renewable Energy, Latin America and the Caribbean Show What’s Possible

In the years ahead, the world's developed and emerging economies must accelerate their transition to renewable sources of energy if they are to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Two recent events underscore how countries in Latin America are doing just this and leading the way in reducing carbon emissions.

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Categories: Climate Change

Beyond Just a “Phase:” Acknowledging the Role of Diversity and Culture in Mental Health

In a piece for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections blog, Abt's Tara Earl reflects on the role that diversity and culture play in mental health.

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Categories: U.S. Health

Is Poverty Falling Over the Long Run?

While overall poverty has decreased recently, trends in the last decades differ widely across age groups. For an explanation, look to welfare reform and Social Security.

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Are Voters More Polarized? The Answer is Complicated

As we head into what seems to be one of the most vitriolic presidential elections in recent history, we need to ask ourselves a central question: Is the American electorate now more deeply divided than before, even polarized beyond repair?

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The Private Housing Market: Friend or Foe?

The high cost of housing combined with low and unreliable incomes can lead to a destabilizing cycle of missed rent payments and evictions for poor households. What policies could address this challenge?

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