Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a 30-year old intermediary organization dedicated to helping community residents transform neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity. Since 1994, LISC has operated an AmeriCorps program, placing members in local non-profit host sites. AmeriCorps members help develop affordable housing and provide home ownership counseling to first-time homeowners. LISC contracted with Abt to evaluate the impact of its AmeriCorps program, in particular, the extent to which the program builds host organizations’ capacity. The evaluation measures changes in organization and service capacity as well as the community outcomes that the host organizations achieve due to the members’ contributions. Data from program records, a web survey and telephone interviews are used to document program implementation and quantify the outcomes facilitated by AmeriCorps members.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research 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.