Abt Associates

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Abt Associates, it states on its website, "applies scientific research, consulting and technical assistance expertise to a wide range of issues in social, economic, and health policy; international development; business research and consulting; and clinical trials and registries."[1]

"One of the largest for-profit government and business research and consulting firms in the world, Abt Associates delivers practical, measurable, high-value-added results. Our staff of more than 1,000 employee-owners includes national and international experts who are recognized for their knowledge, innovative research techniques, and insightful analyses and recommendations," it states.[1]

"Abt Associates is an unparalleled resource for understanding and solving difficult challenges. Since our founding in 1965, we have remained close to Clark Abt's original vision of a company that could make an important difference in the lives of people and nations," it states.[1]

"In 2005, the American Marketing Association ranked Abt Associates 18th among the top 50 U.S. market research firms and 25th among global research firms. The Company is also one of the 100 largest employee-owned companies in the United States. Our ethnically diverse staff is guided by strong corporate values that include technical excellence, collaboration, respect, and civic responsibility," it states.[1]

"Abt Associates conducts business around the world with 7 offices in the U.S. and over 35 project sites in 30 countries. The Company's gross revenue was $193 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006," it states.[1]

Received a $6.75 million grant from the US government in 2003 to work closely with the Foundation for Peace and Democracy. "The objectives of this project are to increase workers’ and employers’ knowledge of their national labor laws and services of their ministries of labor, to strengthen national labor inspection systems and to create and bolster alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in the ministries of labor and justice systems," a media release announcing the grant stated.[2]

Controversy

"During the 1960s, Abt Associates helped the Pentagon and CIA with Project Camelot, a model for destabilizing foreign governments used in Chile in 1973. Abt Associates developed a simulation game called Politica that drew information from a computer linking the files of the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department. Politica was used in training Third World police and in trying to predict which social forces could be mobilized against leftist governments," wrote Guerry Hoddersen in Freedom Socialist.[3][4]

Malaria Work

Abt Associates is one of the members of a consortium of companies working on the malaria components of the USAID Deliver Project's Task Order 3 (TO3). The malaria project is a five-year project, which "has a funding ceiling of $864 million, will support USAID's implementation of malaria prevention and treatment programs by procuring, managing, and delivering high-quality, safe, and effective malaria commodities; providing on-the-ground logistics capacity, technical assistance, and pharmaceutical management expertise; and offering technical leadership to strengthen the global supply, demand, and financing of malaria commodities."[5]

Abt Associates states on its website that it "will contribute its expertise to the project by leveraging its long-standing work with social marketing organizations and private commercial providers of malaria commodities to tackle issues that stand in the way of product distribution. Our technical experts also will help address the availability and supply of malaria commodities at a global level and for the long term through policy and financial analysis."[5]

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Contact Details

Abt Associates Inc. 55 Wheeler Street Cambridge, MA 02138-1168

Tel: 617-492-7100 Fax: 617-492-5219 Web: http://www.abtassociates.com

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Abt Associates, "Company Overview", Abt Associates website, accessed January 2009.
  2. U.S. Labor Department, "U.S. Labor Department Announces Grants for Labor Law and Trade: Labor Secretary Chao Announces $13.6 million to Build Trade Capacity", Media Release, October 1, 2003.
  3. Guerry Hoddersen, "CAFTA: trade pact promises "Brave New World" of misery and inequality", Freedom Socialist, Vol. 25, No. 2, June-July 2004.
  4. Ellen Herman, "Project Camelot and the Career of Cold War Psychology" in Christopher Simpson, ed., Universities and Empire: Money and Politics in the Social Sciences During the Cold War, The New Press, New York, 1998, pp. 97-133. Excerpts are from p. 113 and pp. 118-19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "International Health: Projects: USAID | DELIVER, Task Order: Malaria", Abt Associates website, accessed January 2009.

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