Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
In 2006 Massachusetts and New Mexico launched three curriculum intervention approaches in preschool classrooms designed to prevent the development of learning disabilities in young children and to improve the cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional outcomes of children with such disabilities.
Were these efforts successful? To find out, Abt Associates, worked with researchers at Florida State University, to conduct a five-year evaluation of this initiative funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Statistics. Abt’s methodology involved assigning four curriculum alternatives to preschool classrooms serving at-risk children, using a randomized cluster design. This longitudinal study followed children from preschool through the end of first or second grade, depending on whether they entered preschool in the first or second year of the study.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.