Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Investing in Innovation (i3) is a signature U.S. Department of Education-funded competitive grant program that funds school districts and their nonprofit partners to improve student outcomes. To date, the i3 program has awarded more than $1 billion to 117 grantees to scale-up, validate, or develop evidence-based education programs. In addition, each i3 grantee is required to fund an independent evaluation to document the implementation and outcomes of the projects.
The goals of the National Evaluation of i3 are to ensure that the government’s investment in educational interventions through i3 generates high-quality evidence to inform educational policy decisions and to boost the field’s capacity to design and conduct scientifically rigorous education research. To meet these goals, Abt Associates and its partners — Dillon-Goodson Research, Chesapeake Research Associates, ANALYTICA, Century Analytics, and Westat — provided technical assistance to the evaluators of the i3-funded programs ensure that their evaluations are well-designed and well-implemented. Abt also summarized the evaluations’ strength of evidence and findings in order to learn which programs, practices, and approaches held the most promise for reshaping the nation’s schools.
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.