Abt Associates, Inc.

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Abt Associates, Inc. is a U.S., private, employee-owned company that applies "research and consulting techniques, as well as technical assistance expertise, to a wide range of issues in social and economic policy, international development, business research and consulting, and clinical trials and registries. Since its founding in 1965, Abt Associates has provided services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; and business and industry. Its staff of over 1,000 employees is located in offices in Cambridge, Lexington, and Amherst, Massachusetts; and offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Old Greenwich, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Cairo, Egypt; and Pretoria, South Africa." [1]

"In 2007, the American Marketing Association ranked Abt Associates 19th among the top 50 U.S. market research firms". [2]

"Since 1985, when it began its International Health practice, Abt Associates, Inc. and its partners have worked on projects funded by the USAID in such countries as Armenia, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Niger, and Zambia.... Abt Associates has extensive experience managing large, complex and challenging projects involving applied research, data analysis, policy formulation, training, and on-the-ground program design and implementation."[1]

Abt headlines

April 30, 2003: USAID Selects Abt Associates to Rebuild Health System in Post-Conflict Iraq. Extensive Team Prepared To Stabilize and Strengthen Health Care Delivery and Management.

"United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Abt Associates Inc. an initial $10 million contract to assist in stabilizing and strengthening the health system in post-conflict Iraq. Providing health care services to the people of Iraq is a top priority of the U.S. government's reconstruction efforts aimed at providing immediate relief and essential services.

"Abt Associates will oversee an extensive team of partners specialized in all aspects of health services, including emergency relief services and health care delivery; health systems assessment, process improvement, and reengineering; procurement and logistics; health planning and economics; disease surveillance; and data collection and information systems.

"Abt Associates' efforts will focus on the six essential components of the health system: service delivery, health surveillance, health services management, the health workforce, health delivery infrastructure, and assessing the demand for health services. The project will be implemented in two phases. The first phase -- immediate post-conflict -- involves rapid assessment, stabilization and basic reconstruction in order to assure service delivery to vulnerable groups. The second phase -- pre-development -- involves capacity strengthening of Iraqi health system providers in order to re-establish Iraqi management of the health system and ensure sustainability."


  • U.S. federal government
  • U.S. state and local government
  • International organizations
  • Universities and foundations
  • Nonprofit associations and institutions
  • Business and industry[2]


Board of Directors:

Contact details

4550 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 800 North
Bethesda, MD 20814-3343
Tel: 301-634-1700
Fax: 301-634-1801
Web: http://www.abtassociates.com


Related SourceWatch resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "USAID Selects Abt Associates to Rebuild Health System in Post-Conflict Iraq", Abt Associates, Inc., April 30, 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 About page, Abt Associates, Inc., accessed June 2008.
  3. Senior Executive Team, Abt Associates, Inc., accessed June 2008.
  4. Board of Directors, Abt Associates, Inc., accessed June 2008.

External articles

  • Andre Verloy, "Windfalls of War", Center for Public Integrity, accessed June 2008.