Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program is designed to boost students’ academic achievement in math and science by augmenting classroom teachers’ STEM content knowledge and teaching skills. Abt Associates has provided technical and analytic support to the MSP program since 2005. Activities include:
Abt staff annually review the evaluation reports of final-year MSP projects, using What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) standards to determine the extent to which the projects successfully conducted rigorous evaluations. To increase the use of rigorous designs, Abt provides sessions for local evaluators as a part of annual conferences and has prepared a user-friendly guide for reporting on rigorous designs for MSP projects. We also provide feedback to state staff about the findings of our evaluation reviews in order to increase their understanding of common evaluation issues.
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.