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Dr. Michael Shively

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Senior Associate

Abt Associates Inc
55 Wheeler St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
United States

Company Description: Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder


  • Ph.D.
  • PhD
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Michael Shively, a senior ..., 2 Nov 2013 [cached]
Michael Shively, a senior associate at the research firm Abt Associates, said in the era of Internet hacking, prostitution clients may just be more worried about their answers being released, even on an anonymous survey.
Abt Associates in the News — 2008, 19 May 2011 [cached]
According to a report in USA Today by Jordan Schrader, a two-year study for the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice, led by researcher Michael Shively and released in March, found more than 200 communities nationwide have tried targeting customers of prostitution in print, on TV, the Internet, billboards or by sending “Dear John†letters home.
Michael Shively, a senior associate with Abt Associates Inc., conducted that study for the National Institute of Justice. He said the schools were useful just for the health lessons.
"These guys are walking biohazards," he said.
A two-year study for the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice, led by researcher Michael Shively and released in March, found more than 200 communities nationwide have tried targeting customers of prostitution in print, on TV, the Internet, billboards or by sending "Dear john" letters home.
Shively, of the social science research company Abt Associates in Cambridge, Mass., has continued to track efforts and said his list now includes about 280 examples. He said use of these techniques appears to be increasing.
Representatives of the mayor’s office, the Atlanta Police Department’s vice unit, the municipal court system and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault will meet with criminologist Michael Shively, a consultant with the firm Abt Associates. Shively conducted the recent study of the effectiveness of San Francisco’s program on behalf of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.
About 200 communities have tried to publicly embarrass johns in some way, said Michael Shively, a senior associate at Abt Associates, a public-policy institute in Cambridge, Mass.
Shaming hasn’t been shown to be a useful deterrent, he added....
..."The punch line is, these programs work," said Michael Shively, a criminologist at Abt Associates, a Massachusetts-based research firm and the primary author of the two-year study commissioned by the National Institute of Justice.
Michael Shively, the primary author of the study conducted by Abt Associates, says that while no program is perfect, preliminary results show that FOPP is "very effective, the design makes sense for the outcomes they're trying to produce, and they're doing what they say they're going to do."
"Since the FOPP started in San ..., 17 Sept 2008 [cached]
"Since the FOPP started in San Francisco in 1995, more than 40 communities in the U.S. have implemented 'john' schools, and another 40 communities are considering or planning to do so," said Michael Shively, Project Director at Abt Associates.
According to Michael ..., 7 Oct 2014 [cached]
According to Michael Shively, founder of the - a Cambridge-based website that tracks actions against sex buyers across the US - the amount of arrests both state and nationwide haven't budged much since the mid-1990s, signaling that any changes in arrest ratios between men and women signal one of two things: a surge of local activity or a change in policing philosophy.
Many prostitutes return to the same areas after they are arrested.
"More arrests is typically a result of policy change or the magnitude of cases happening in a given city," said Shively.
"Businesses can't stay afloat if they ..., 15 Jan 2013 [cached]
"Businesses can't stay afloat if they don't have buyers, and that's what these efforts are about in over 900 U.S. communities-discouraging men from buying sex," said Michael Shively, Ph.D., developer of the website and senior associate in Abt's U.S. Health Division.
According to Shively, the idea to build the website was a result of Abt's nationwide assessment of sex trafficking demand-reduction efforts conducted for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) beginning in 2008. "We found hundreds of programs in the U.S. that were targeting the demand for commercial sex but most were operating in isolation. Staff from one program didn't often know about other programs in a neighboring state. We found through our research that police and community organizations and other stakeholders interested in ending sex trafficking and prostitution welcome the opportunity to learn what others were doing, and to share their information as well." offers detailed descriptions of anti-demand tactics employed throughout the U.S. as well as challenges faced by programs and how they overcame them. "This is a place where practitioners can find information that can help them start, improve or sustain initiatives," said Shively. The site also features a map of the U.S. with markers over areas of the country where programs are offered. Visitors to the site need only click on the marker to link to a description of the program or use the drop down menu to find programs and tactics.
The site also offers a wide range of resources about anti-demand tactics, including media coverage and interviews, and information on organizations and agencies working to end demand or provide survivor support, reference materials and a blog.
Anti-demand tactics appear successful, according to the evaluation and feasibility studies that Shively and his team conducted on the john school in San Francisco for NIJ between 2005-2008.
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