Dr. Yasuyo Abe

Dr. Abe (Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University) has over 20  years of experience in conducting and managing public policy and economic research in fields such as education, human services, and workforce development. Her work has focused primarily on deepening our understanding of economically and socially disadvantaged subpopulations and  expanding knowledge that will help develop effective policies to aid them.

Dr. Abe has expertise in the application of statistical and econometric analysis methods and has extensive experiences in designing and conducting experimental and quasi-experimental design studies. Dr. Abe is well versed in National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) statistical standards, and has made lead contributions as a quantitative methodologist  in a number of projects.  For example, Dr. Abe currently serves as a senior methodologist for the Random Assignment Evaluation of the Pono Choice Teenage Pregnancy Prevention, a cluster randomized trial  funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)  Similarly, Dr. Abe directed the Evaluation of Pacific CHILD, another cluster randomized trial funded by the US. Department of Education (ED),the  Institute of Education Sciences (IES),  which assessed the effectiveness of a school-based teacher professional development program involving 50 schools across the Pacific.  For this study, Dr. Abe made lead contribution to the outcome estimation based on mixed-level modeling, with multiple  comparison adjustment,  as well as to key design steps including power analysis, attrition bias and missing data analyses and adjustments, and sensitive analysis of impact estimation methods.

 In addition to randomized trials, Dr. Abe has conducted numerous summative and formative studies using a broad range of non-experimental methods, including statewide studies of the TANF program where she combined state-wide TANF program participation and benefit records with state-wide Unemployment Insurance  wage records to examine enrollment spells, employment outcomes, and exit and re-entry into and from employment and welfare.

Dr. Abe also offers expertise in quantitative data collection and management, including the design and administration of surveys and the processing and maintenance of the complex secondary data. For example, under IMPAQ’s subcontract, Dr. Abe currently provides data processing and analysis support for the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) funded by the DHHS Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, in which she leads the pre-release data preparation and preliminary data analyses of NSECE provider surveys.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Abe, Y. & Rayyes, N. (2017, March). Enhancing the Role of Postsecondary Institutions in Creating Career Paths through Regional Partnership with Industry: Findings from the Outcome Evaluation of Design it-Build it-Ship it. Poster presentation at the Association for Education Finance & Policy Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Pyatigorsky, M. & Abe, Y. (2017, March). Implications of Alternative Covariate Selection Procedures for Impact Estimates: Lessons from a Random Assignment Study. Poster presentation at the Association for Education Finance & Policy Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Abe, Y., Toms Barker, L., Chan, V. & Eucogco, J. (2016). Culturally Responsive Adolescent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Program for Middle School Students in Hawai‘i. American Journal of Public Health, 106(S1), S110-S116.

Pyatigorsky, M., Abe, Y., & Fancsali, C.(2016, March). Developing Content-Area Academic Literacy: A Randomized Control Trial of the Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Education (RAISE) ProjectPresentation at the SREE Spring Conference, Washington, DC.

Abe, Y. & Weinstock, P. (2015, April). Exploring How Methodological Decisions Affect the Variability of Schools Identified as Beating the Odds. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.