Abt Associates Launches Center for International Evaluation

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Abt Associates has launched a new Center for International Evaluation, which will be led by Melissa Chiappetta, a performance-management and evaluation expert who specializes in evaluations of education and agriculture, food security and nutrition projects in developing countries.

Melissa Chiappetta will lead Abt's Center for International Evaluation

Abt Associates has launched a new Center for International Evaluation, which will leverage the company’s research and evaluation capabilities and global presence to expand its reach in the overseas evaluation marketplace. The Center will be led by Melissa Chiappetta, a performance-management and evaluation expert who specializes in evaluations of education and agriculture, food security and nutrition projects in developing countries.

In this role, Chiappetta will lead the development of Abt’s work in program evaluations conducted within an international context in collaboration with all areas of Abt Associates – from international health and economic growth to social and economic policy, environment and natural resources and U.S. health.

“Our new Center for International Evaluation will ensure that clients benefit from Abt’s state-of-the-art research, monitoring and evaluation capabilities across a range of technical sectors that will help policy leaders and decision-makers better determine which policies and programs are having a real impact,” said Jay L. Knott, Abt’s Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

Prior to joining Abt, Chiappetta served as a director at Social Impact, an organization aimed at making international development more effective. In addition, she has served as a technical team member or manager of more than 30 performance and impact evaluations. She has been a Senior Technical Advisor and a research manager for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) performance and impact evaluations.

Chiappetta holds a master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

About Abt Associates
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. http://www.abtassociates.com.

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