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Dr. Ricky Takai, Expert in Designing and Managing Federal Evaluation Studies in Education, Joins Abt Associates

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Abt Associates announced that Ricky Takai, Ph.D., has joined the company as Principal Associate. After a brief orientation to the firm, Dr. Takai will become the leader of the company's education work in September 2009. Dr. Takai brings his more than 20 years experience in the design and management of federal evaluation studies in the field of education to the company.

Most recently, Dr. Takai served as Associate Commissioner in the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. In this role he was responsible for national evaluations of major federal education programs including Title I and IDEA. Prior to that, Dr. Takai served as the division director for program evaluation in the Planning and Evaluation Service. He has directed program evaluations in a wide range of education areas such as early reading, educational technology, professional development, math and science education, drug prevention, dropout prevention, high school reform, vocational and adult education, and postsecondary education. In addition, Dr. Takai has served as the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

"Ricky's high level work in the field of education research and evaluation, as well as his knowledge of federal education initiatives over the last 20 years, make him a tremendous asset to our company broadly and our growing Education portfolio more specifically," said Kathleen Flanagan, Group Vice President for Domestic Policy at the company.

In 1996 and 2006, Dr. Takai received Presidential Rank Awards. Presidential Rank Awards are reserved for senior career federal employees who have a sustained record of professional, technical, and/or scientific achievement that is recognized throughout the agency and is acknowledged on a national or international level.

Dr. Takai holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Washington College.

Abt Associates applies scientific research, technical assistance and consulting expertise to a wide range of social, economic and health policy issues; international development; clinical trials and registries; and complex business problems. Founded in 1965, the company provides services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; international organizations and national governments; universities and foundations; media; and major corporations. Its staff of over 1,000 is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Bethesda, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; Lexington, Massachusetts (Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions, Inc.); New York, New York (Abt SRBI); and in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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