Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The National Science Foundation (NSF) contracted with Abt Associates to evaluate its Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, which funds intellectually substantive collaborations between U.S. and foreign researchers where the international partnership is essential to the research effort.
PIRE supports projects across a broad array of scientific disciplines to catalyze long-term, sustainable international research and education partnerships. One of PIRE’s goals is to prepare a cadre of early-career researchers in the U.S. for strong leadership and engagement in global science and engineering.
The evaluation included 59 PIRE awards made in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 and a comparison group of other NSF awards matched individually to 55 of the 59 PIRE awards.
The analysis relied on NSF administrative data; bibliometric indicators from Thomson Reuters' Web of Science; surveys of principal investigators, postdoctoral, and graduate student participants in PIRE and comparison awards; surveys of undergraduates and foreign senior investigators in PIRE awards and of administrators at the 59 sponsoring PIRE institutions in the U.S.
The evaluation found that:
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.