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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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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Social Entrepreneurs Offer New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood

For more than half a century, advocates of early childhood development have worked tirelessly to inform parents and policymakers about the importance of children's early years. This work appears to have paid off: enrollment in publicly-funded pre-k programming has nearly doubled since 2002, and a recently released poll indicates that nearly 9 in 10 likely voters in the United States agree that “the years from birth to 5 are extremely or very important to the learning and development of a child.” Early childhood development and education issues are now a key component of the United Nation’s international development agenda, with advocates citing young children as the “common basis for all dimensions of sustainable development.”

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Integrate or Bust: What We Know About Integrated Care and Non-Communicable Diseases

In a recent blog post for the Global Health Council, I write about how the Sustainable Development Goals have made universal healthcare and non-communicable diseases a prominent part of the international development agenda.

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You're a What? A Program Evaluator?

From dinner parties to our children's career days in school, there's a question that invariably comes up when we're asked about our jobs: what do program evaluators do, exactly?

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