Project Descriptions

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    • Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

      WIC The Integrity Profile: IT Services and Support for Operations and Maintenance

      The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) serves 8 million monthly participants at more than 48,000 approved vendors. As an analysis tool, WIC’s The Integrity Profile, known as TIP, provides a means for FNS, state agencies, and Indian tribal organizations to upload annual reports summarizing monitoring of vendor management and related activities. The National Information Technology Center hosts the WIC TIP environments. To implement change requests to the system, the Office of Information Technology requires a hybrid development approach related to both waterfall and agile scrum methodologies.

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      WIC TIP NextGen System: Hybrid Agile Scrum System Development

      The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is administered at the state level and supported and monitored at the federal level. Traditionally, the state agencies have submitted vendor data to the The Integrity Profile (known as TIP) database, entering the information manually or submitting a .txt file, depending on the number of records and the sophistication of the management information system in use. A 2016 assessment of TIP determined it should be redesigned to expand its functionality and usefulness. The recommendation was to develop a new and improved TIP-like system referred to as TIP NextGen that would improve oversight and integrity of WIC vendor management, reduce security risk, and facilitate streamlined data collection. This project is to design and implement TIP NextGen.

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      WIC EBT Issuance and Redemption Transaction Database

      This project describes the technical requirements, user needs, potential barriers, and costs related to establishing a nationwide WIC EBT issuance and transaction data system that would centralize EBT transaction data, link transaction data to participant and vendor data, and generate public and restricted-use datasets and analytical reports.

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      National and State-Level Estimates of WIC Eligibles and WIC Program Reach

      This annual study helps the Food and Nutrition Service measure program performance of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and better understand the program’s reach and unmet nutrition assistance needs, particularly at state and participant levels.

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      Direct Certification with Medicaid for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

      Under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, the Food and Nutrition Service is conducting demonstration projects to evaluate the use of Medicaid data to identify students eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

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      Child Nutrition Access and Accountability Through Technology Training

      The annual Child Nutrition Access and Accountability Through Technology (known as CNAAT) National Training Conference provides a forum for attendees to learn new skills, share successful practices, and collaborate on important issues that shape child nutrition technologies. Insight provides technical assistance to FNS and the Child Nutrition State Systems Workgroup to plan, execute, and evaluate event activities and to provide training at the event.

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      WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2016, 2018, and 2020

      The goal of this 5-year study is to collect and compile data on participant and program characteristics to support the management, evaluation, and improvement of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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      WIC EBT Redemption Analysis and Data Tables

      The goal of this study was to provide tabulations of transaction data from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for six states across 12 months.

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      SNAP Process Improvement IDIQ

      Under a 5-year, sole source IDIQ awarded by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Insight is providing expert technical assistance to selected state agencies administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve their internal business processes and performance.

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      The Use of Microsimulation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Policy Analysis

      The purpose of this study is to provide the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with microsimulation and related analysis to estimate the impact of proposed changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy, update and improve microsimulation models and their databases, and conduct research to inform FNS policy decisions affecting SNAP.

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      WIC Food Package Costs and Cost Containment

      The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and nonbreastfeeding postpartum women; infants; and children younger than 5 who are at nutritional risk. WIC State agencies (SAs) prescribe one of seven food packages—specifying which foods are authorized for purchase through the program—for each WIC participant. To ensure the best use of available funds, WIC SAs are expected to take steps to contain food package costs. Insight is examining cost containment practices used by WIC SAs, assessing their impact on key WIC goals, and identifying best practices that may be implemented across WIC SAs.

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      WIC Food Packages Policy Options Study II

      Insight compiled and synthesized information from State plans, food lists, and other materials for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for this study to evaluate ongoing changes resulting from the implementation of the Interim Food Package Rule and the Final Food Package Rule.

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      An Assessment of the Roles and Effectiveness of Community-Based Organizations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

      The goal of this study was to determine whether and how the use of community-based organizations (CBOs) to conduct Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicant interviews affects program performance and outcomes.

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      Assess the Barriers That Constrain the Adequacy of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Allotments

      The purpose of this study is to identify the individual, household, and environmental barriers that limit SNAP participants’ access to a healthy diet throughout the month and to examine how these barriers vary by household demographics, economic characteristics, and geography.

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      Characteristics and Circumstances of Zero-Income SNAP Households

      The purpose of this 3-year project was to examine the characteristics, circumstances, and spending patterns of zeroincome Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) units.

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      Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI): SNAP Feasibility Study

      This study assesses the feasibility of providing nutritional assistance to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) instead of through its Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is funded by the annual block grant it has received since 1982.

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      Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP Quality Control Reviews

      The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is subject to a number of efforts to maintain the accuracy and integrity of payments. The SNAP Quality Control (QC) system requires States to conduct monthly quality control reviews of households participating in SNAP to assess the validity of SNAP cases and ultimately the payment error rate for SNAP. This exploratory descriptive study assesses the processes by which QC reviews of active SNAP cases are conducted at the State and regional levels.

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      Evaluation of Demonstrations of Direct Certification of Children Receiving Medicaid Benefits for Free National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs Meals

      The purpose of this study is to evaluate a series of demonstrations underway in the United States that aim to streamline the certification process for participation in the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) school nutrition programs.

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      Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots

      The 2014 Farm Bill authorized grants for up to 10 pilot sites to develop and test innovative employment and training (E&T) strategies that are designed to raise employment, increase earnings, and reduce reliance on public assistance. The purpose of this study is to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the 10 pilot projects.

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      Evaluation of the Summer Food Service Program Enhancement Demonstrations

      The goal of this project was to evaluate 4 statewide, multiyear demonstrations to test new innovative strategies to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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      Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits in Puerto Rico

      Insight is conducting a congressionally mandated study to assess the effects of discontinuing the cash portion of Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) benefit. Puerto Rico operates NAP under a block grant and issues 25 percent of monthly benefits in the form of cash and the remaining non-cash portion through electronic benefit transfer (EBT).

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      Examine the Feasibility of Using GIS Data to Catalog a Representative Sample of Food Deserts and Characteristics of the SNAP Households Residing There

      The purpose of this study was to identify and evaluate various data sources and geographic information system (GIS) tools that potentially could be used as inputs for identifying a representative sample of food deserts.

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      Feasibility of Improved Estimates of Trafficking

      Insight conducted a study for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to determine the feasibility of using a national probability sample of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-authorized retailers to calculate trafficking estimates and produce retailer trafficking estimates by store type.

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      Puerto Rico SNAP Feasibility Study

      This study assessed the feasibility and effects of providing nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) instead of through Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is funded by the annual block grant it has received for the past 2 decades.

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      Research and Review of the Extent and Nature of Underreporting of SNAP Participation in National Surveys

      The principal objective of this project was to assess underreporting of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation in 4 national surveys—the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and the American Community Survey (ACS)—with the goal of identifying potential remedies for the problem.

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      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Study

      In addition to nutrition assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides employment and training (E&T) services to unemployed and underemployed participants. The purpose of this study is to conduct a nationally representative survey to gain a better understanding of SNAP work registrants, SNAP E&T participants, and SNAP E&T service providers.

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      The Extent of Trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: 2009–2011

      The trafficking of program benefits has been a longstanding concern in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Trafficking, the exchange of SNAP benefits for cash rather than for food, is not only illegal, but also diverts resources from achieving the goal of the program, which is to impact the nutritional status of needy individuals. This study produced updated estimates using the extant statistical raking methodology; it also developed recommendations for new and improved methodologies to produce national and subnational estimates of SNAP trafficking.

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      WIC Food Packages Policy Options Study II

      The goal of this study is to compile and synthesize information from Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) State plans, food lists, and other documents to help the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) evaluate the ongoing changes since implementation of the Interim Food Package Rule and in response to the Final Food Package Rule.

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      WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 (PC2012) and 2014 (PC2014)

      The purpose of this 4-year contract is to collect and compile data on participant and program characteristics to support the management, evaluation, and improvement of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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  • U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

    • Census Bureau

      American Housing Survey (AHS) Research Support

      Project Overview The American Housing Survey (AHS) is a national, longitudinal biennial survey conducted by the Census Bureau that measures several characteristics of the housing stock of the United States.  The AHS contains 2 separate samples:  a national sample (AHS‐N) and a metropolitan sample (AHS‐MS). The AHS is used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban… Read more »

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    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

      Evaluation of the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the Educational Partnership Program

      The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education operates a $5M scholarship program that funds direct NOAA involvement through internships as well as partial tuition payments to students. There are 2 programs in place to support these scholarships: The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program (HUSP) and the Educational Partnership Program (EPP). Insight is evaluating the success of these scholarship programs.

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  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

    Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Support Services

    Project Overview The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) provides advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of women in the Armed Forces. Under this contract, Insight provides research support to DACOWITS members and staff, with the goal being the preparation… Read more »

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    Recovering Warriors Research

    Project Overview Under this contract, Insight provided research support to the Recovering Warrior Task Force (RWTF), ultimately to prepare its final annual report. Insight assessed the effectiveness of the policies and programs developed and implemented by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and each of the military departments to assist and support the management… Read more »

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  • U.S. Department of Education (ED)

    Technical and Logistical Support for the Operation of the Regional Advisory Committees (RACs)

    Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) are groups of education stakeholders who help identify regional education needs and recommend priorities for Comprehensive Assistance Centers. For this project, Insight is providing logistical and administrative support, technology services, technical assistance, and information to support the operation of the 10 RACs.

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    Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016

    Under this 5-year contract, Insight is producing a series of reports based on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Conducted by NCES, PIRLS is an international comparative study of the reading literacy of students in the 4th grade.

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    Schools and Staffing Survey Reports

    Project Overview Under this contract with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Insight provides statistical support for the analysis, writing, production, and release of reports on the latest administration of data from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Statistical support includes data mining, statistical coding and analysis, and recommendations on key analytical decisions related… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: Catalog of Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit Course Data in Kentucky

    Project Overview Insight, as a subcontractor to CNA, provides research assistance with respect to the programs and initiatives within the Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia (RELAppalachia). The laboratory supports the Kentucky College and Career Readiness Alliance (KyCCRA) in its goals to improve the college and career readiness of Kentucky students and build the capacity of local educators… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: Data-Driven Decisionmaking

    Project Overview Insight served as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation to provide research assistance with respect to the programs and initiatives within the Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia (REL-Appalachia). The goal of the laboratory is to identify and meet the educational research needs of State and local education agencies, school districts, and schools in the Appalachian region… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: Dissemination

    Project Overview Insight served as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation to assess the impact and effectiveness of programs and initiatives within the Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia (REL-Appalachia). The goal of the laboratory is to identify and meet the educational research needs of State and local education agencies, school districts, and schools in the Appalachian region (Virginia,… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: Educators Bringing Evidence to Practice Events

    Project Overview Insight served as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation to provide research assistance with respect to the programs and initiatives within the Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia (RELAppalachia). The goal of the laboratory is to identify and meet the educational research needs of State and local education agencies, school districts, and schools in the Appalachian region… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: Needs Assessment

    Project Overview Insight served as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation to conduct a needs assessment for the Regional Educational Laboratory– Appalachia (REL–Appalachia). The goal of the laboratory is to identify and meet the educational research needs of State and local education agencies, school districts, and schools in the Appalachian region (Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and… Read more »

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    Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia: West Virginia’s Workforce Readiness Alliance

    Project Overview Insight served as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation to provide research assistance with respect to the programs and initiatives within the Regional Educational Laboratory–Appalachia (REL-Appalachia). Insight leads the West Virginia Workforce Readiness Alliance (WVWRA). Insight is working with members of WVWRA to design a research agenda that will show how the College of… Read more »

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    • Administration for Children and Families

      Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Methods Inquiries

      The Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation’s (OPRE) research portfolio addresses poverty, employment and training, child and youth development, child welfare, family strengthening and fatherhood, childcare and other work supports, and cash assistance.

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      National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants

      The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals. The goal of the program is to train individuals for health care occupations that pay well and that are in high demand.

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    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

      Retinal Prostheses in the Medicare Population

      Insight is assessing risks and outcomes associated with retinal prosthetic sight restoration technology in the Medicare population. Retinal prostheses might significantly improve the eyesight of severely visually impaired patients with retina-related vision loss, including macular degeneration.

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      Personal Health Information Management and the Design of Consumer Health Information Technology

      The overall goals of this contract were to characterize the methods that individuals use to manage their health information, establish an action agenda about how personal health information management (PHIM) practices can be supported by health IT, and propose recommendations for moving the agenda forward.

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      Phase II of a Longitudinal Program Evaluation of HHS Healthcare-Associated Infections National Action Plan

      In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instituted the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) as a systematic effort to reduce HAIs and associated morbidity, mortality, and costs. Under this contract, Insight expanded on an iterative longitudinal evaluation of the plan, which included quality improvement activities and evaluations conducted by individual operational divisions in agencies across HHS.

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    • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

      Research Evaluation and Impact Assessment of ARRA Comparative Effectiveness Research Portfolio

      Project Overview The purpose of this 3-year study was to provide the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) with a formative, short-term assessment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded comparative effectiveness research (CER) portfolio. The primary goals of this evaluation were to conduct an initial assessment of the ARRA… Read more »

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    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      2016 Survey of STD Care Providers Policies and Practices

      Insight is partnering with ICF International (ICF) to update a 1999 survey of physicians providing health care related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), cognitively test and pilot the new version, and disseminate the survey to a nationally representative sample of physicians across the United States.

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    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

      CMS End-Stage Renal Disease Services Monitoring and Evaluation

      The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the End-State Renal Disease (ESRD) Services Prospective Payment System (PPS) in 2011 and the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) in 2012 to improve the quality and efficiency of treatment for ESRD, a condition of permanent kidney failure. Insight is studying the effects of the QIP and the PPS on specific patient subpopulations that may have higher unreimbursed treatment costs.

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      Evaluation of the Diffusion and Impact of the Chronic Care Management (CCM) Fees

      In 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new billing code to allow eligible professionals to be reimbursed for chronic care management (CCM) activities. The fee is designed to support primary care through financial investment in care management services. Insight is evaluating the effects of CCM fees on primary care delivery.

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      Evaluation of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Investment Model (AIM)

      This project focuses on evaluating the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Investment Model (AIM) to assess whether infrastructure funding provided to AIM ACOs results in increased ACO participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), sustained ACO participation in those programs that were previously MSSPs, and increased willingness by ACOs to accept greater financial risk. This evaluation will also measure the AIM’s effect on cost and quality and determine whether the model leads to better care, healthier people, and smarter spending for Medicare and its beneficiaries. Insight is supporting Abt Associates on this evaluation.

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      Evaluation of the Coverage to Care (C2C) Initiative

      The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched its From Coverage to Care Initiative (C2C) in 2014 to help the newly insured understand what it means to have health insurance, how to find a provider, and when and where to seek health services.

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      Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health Analytical Support Contract

      Project Overview This study explores whether and how a business case for addressing health equity and disparities can be made. For the purposes of this project, a “business case” is defined as an investment in a socially responsible action (e.g., reducing health disparities) that also promises the investing entity financial return within a reasonable timeframe… Read more »

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      Consumer Research on Personal Responsibility and Its Relationship to Choice of Coverage and Willingness to Navigate the Health Care System

      Project Overview Insight assisted Rolling Thunder Research to conduct this study to explore the relationship between personal responsibility and beneficiary willingness to navigate the health care system. Of interest were 2 research questions: 1) Who do beneficiaries believe is responsible for the outcome of coverage and payment decisions: themselves, the government, or health plans/third-party payors?… Read more »

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      Evaluating a Pilot Mobile Health Program

      Project Overview The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is supporting a pilot of the mobile health program Text4baby. This pilot aims to assess the effect of Text4baby on enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as on health knowledge, health behaviors, and health care engagement among those who… Read more »

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      Evaluation of the Impact of CMS’s Recovery Audit Contract Initiative on the Medicare Provider Community

      Project Overview This 3-year demonstration assessed the effectiveness of using Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) to identify and recover over- and underpayments made to Medicare providers while also incurring minimal burden on the provider community (e.g., physicians, providers, and suppliers who provide services paid under Medicare). The States of California, New York, and Florida were selected… Read more »

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      Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation / Calculation of Medicare C Composite Payment Error

      Project Overview Insight provides statistical support for the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) contract for Medicare Advantage Plans. This involves a wide range of tasks including the development of a sample design and analysis plan and implementation of 3 samples (national, targeted, and random) of continuously enrolled Medicare Advantage enrollees for whom the… Read more »

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      Part D Low Income Subsidy Mapping

      Project Overview This project was part of an effort by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve outreach to beneficiaries who were not enrolled in Part D and/or the Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS). The LIS was made available under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program to help individuals lower… Read more »

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      Quality Indicator Survey Operational Support and Analysis

      Project Overview For this project, Insight provides operational support and analysis for the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first implemented the QIS in 2007 to determine if Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes meet Federal requirements. The computer-based survey is used in 27 States and the District of Columbia.… Read more »

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      Systematic Review of CMMI Primary Care Initiatives

      Project Overview The Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative was launched in 7 markets, each of which contained approximately 75 participating primary care practices. The CPC seeks to promote collaboration between public and private health care payers to help primary care practices achieve a 3‐part goal in health care delivery:  better care for the individual, better health… Read more »

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    • Food and Drug Administration

      Causal Inference Methodology and Its Application in Evaluating Efficacy and Safety of Drugs

      Project Overview Insight directed the research, analysis, and training on the statistical issues surrounding establishing a causal link between reported adverse events and prior treatment with an HIV drug/medical device. Causal inference, originally developed for epidemiology studies, considers statistical methods for estimation and inference related to causal effects and applies to both observational and randomized… Read more »

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      Evaluation of Potential Data Sources for Animal Drugs Used in Veterinary Medicine

      Project Overview The overall goals of this evaluation were to identify, describe, and evaluate the strengths and limitations of existing data sources that potentially could be included in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Sentinel Initiative. FDA’s Sentinel System was designed for near real-time monitoring of the postmarket performance of regulated medical products. This phase… Read more »

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      Small Business CFSAN Models

      Project Overview The purpose of this project was to develop and update 4 independent models for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). The models were designed to investigate the impacts of FDA regulations on small entities, in compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). These small business… Read more »

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      Take Time to Care Within the Hispanic Community

      Project Overview For more than a decade, Take Time to Care (TTTC)—the major outreach initiative for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Women’s Health (OWH)—has been a leader in providing lifesaving information to women across the United States. TTTC recognizes the multiple roles of American women as family caretakers, educators, nurturers, and leaders,… Read more »

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    • Health Resources and Services Administration

      Framework for Longitudinally Evaluating Health Professions Diversity Programs

      The purpose of this project was to develop an evaluation framework and plan for a prospective longitudinal evaluation of four diversity grant programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce: Nursing Workforce Diversity, Centers of Excellence, Health Careers Opportunity Program, and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

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      An Examination of the Healthcare Workforce Issues in Rural America

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) to develop a Congressional Report on the supply, access, quality of care, and demographic issues that impact the health care delivery system in rural America. ACICBL consists of member representatives from Area Health Education Centers, Health… Read more »

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      Coming Home: The Patient-Centered Medical-Dental Home in Primary Care Training

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) to develop a Congressional Report on the potential utilization and application of Primary Care Medical-Dental Homes (PCM-DH) and corresponding recommendations on how Title VII programs can influence and support their development. Since… Read more »

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      Cross-HRSA Communication and Training Tools on Health Information Technology and Quality Improvement

      Project Overview Health information technology (HIT) is viewed widely as the solution to the Nation’s problem of spiraling costs of health care and as a way to improve the quality and safety of medical care delivery. Workforce development is a key strategy in achieving meaningful use of HIT, and health care providers and administrative staff… Read more »

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      Enhancing Flexibility in Graduate Medical Education

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) to develop a Congressional Report on removing barriers to achieving an expanded and more appropriately trained physician workforce. For more than 25 years, COGME has advised Congress and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the adequacy… Read more »

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      Evaluation of the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program

      Project Overview The purpose of this project was to assess the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program (CGEP) as an approach to achieving national geriatric education objectives. Insight provided descriptive information on grantee programs and activities to illustrate how CGEP best supported geriatric training and education for nurses and nurses’ aides. This included information… Read more »

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      Evaluation of HRSA’s Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program and the Nursing Scholarship Program

      Project Overview Insight conducted a 5-year evaluation of 2 Health Resources and Services (HRSA) programs—the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) and the Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP)—to assess the impact of these programs on critical shortage facilities and the communities they serve. Together, these programs are designed to encourage nurses to choose careers in underserved… Read more »

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      Evaluation of MCHB Combating Autism Act Initiative Activities

      Project Overview In 2011, Congress passed the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) and appropriated funds to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support grants focusing on autism and related developmental disability education, early detection, and intervention. MCHB awarded 127 grants for training, research, and State demonstration programs… Read more »

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      Evaluation and Redesign of BHPr’s Comprehensive Performance Monitoring System

      Project Overview The purpose of this project was to evaluate an Electronic Data Collection Instrument (EDCI) to improve the availability, quality, and timeliness of grantee data collected through both the Uniform Progress Report (UPR) and the Comprehensive Performance Management System (CPMS). The UPR assists the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions… Read more »

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      Federal Efforts to Encourage the Adoption of Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Records

      Program Overview Insight worked with the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) to develop a Congressional Report on the interdisciplinary challenges of and opportunities for further utilization of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHRs). ACICBL is comprised of member representatives from Area Health Education Centers, Health Education Training Centers, Geriatric Education… Read more »

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      Geriatrics Training and the Future Effect on the Nursing Workforce

      Project Overview Insight assisted the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP) in analyzing the current state of geriatric health care and the impact of the aging population on the nurse workforce. NACNEP advises Congress and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy issues related to… Read more »

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      Interprofessional Health Professions Collaboration to Enhance Women’s Health in the Health Professions Curricula

      Project Overview The purpose of this contract was to review the progress made in follow up to recommendations provided in prior discipline-specific reports developed for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Women’s Health (OWH). This study reviewed the progress that had been made in the integration of women’s health content in respective… Read more »

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      MCHB Combating Autism Initiative Evaluation

      Project Overview The purpose of this 3-year contract was to design and implement an evaluation of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI). The goal of the CAAI is to enable all children to reach their full potential by developing a system of services… Read more »

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      National Practitioner Data Bank / Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Customer Satisfaction Survey

      Project Overview These surveys were conducted to evaluate 2 national databanks that are used to prevent fraud and malpractice within the health care system: the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The HIPDB contains national information on health care-related adverse actions from a variety of providers, suppliers,… Read more »

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      New Paradigms for Physician Training for Improving Access to Health Care

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) to develop a Congressional Report on the problems caused by limited access to health care for rural and urban uninsured populations. For more than 25 years, COGME has advised Congress and the Secretary of the U.S. Department… Read more »

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      Optimizing the Impact of the National Health Service Corps

      Project Overview The purpose of this evaluation was to help the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) determine how to achieve the best possible outcomes given recent changes in program legislation that include an increase in funding, the ability to include additional provider types, and greater flexibility in dividing awards between scholarships and loan-repayment programs. The… Read more »

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      Performance Measures and Outcomes for MCHB Programs

      Project Overview For the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Insight developed Performance Assistance Rating Tool (PART) performance measures (both long term and annual) and efficiency measures for 5 new MCHB programs: 1) the Traumatic Brain Injury Program, 2) Emergency Medical Services for Children, 3) Familyto-Family Health Information Centers,… Read more »

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      Self-Contained Health IT Training Modules

      Project Overview The goal of this project was to help train Community Health Centers (CHCs) and other providers to meet the challenges of selecting and migrating to an electronic system as they move to, and adopt meaningful use of, electronic health records (EHRs). Each medical setting must have a clinician champion as well as a… Read more »

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      Synthesis of HRSA’s Efforts and Accomplishments to Eliminate Health Disparities

      Project Overview The purpose of this project was to develop a comprehensive inventory of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) activities, initiatives, accomplishments, and data sources to reduce and eliminate racial/ethnic health disparities. Although there were many programmatic efforts, initiatives, and accomplishments within HRSA aimed at eliminating health disparities, there was no comprehensive inventory… Read more »

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      The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses

      Project Overview The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) is conducted every 4 years; its purpose is to 1) monitor the number and characteristics of the registered nurse (RN) population and 2) develop supply and demand projections needed to inform policymakers about RN workforce needs. Approximately 58,000 RNs are selected across the United States… Read more »

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      The Future of Primary Care: The Critical Role of Title VII Education and Training

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) to develop a Congressional Report on preparing future primary care providers to meet the changing challenges of the U.S. population. Since 1999, ACTPCMD has advised Congress and the Secretary of the U.S.… Read more »

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      Training Primary Care Providers in Culturally Competent, High Quality Health Care

      Project Overview Insight worked with the Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) to address the complex and intertwined relationship between health disparities and cultural competency and to make recommendations on how Title VII programs can best influence health disparities and affect overall quality of care. Since 1999, ACTPCMD has advised… Read more »

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      Evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Autism CARES Act Initiative

      This 3-year, mixed-methods study evaluates efforts by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide research, screening, and education around autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD)

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    • National Institutes of Health

      Study of Health Outcomes in Children With Autism and Their Families

      Project Overview This 2-year study utilized de-identified health insurance claims data to describe the range of medical conditions experienced by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the health outcomes of the children and their families. The study addressed a significant gap in the empirical knowledge base about the trajectories of health outcomes and utilization… Read more »

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    • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

      Global Assessment of the HITECH Program

      Project Overview Insight partnered with Mathematica Policy Research and the Urban Institute on this global assessment of programs funded under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The evaluation aimed to help the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) ensure that vital connections are made across HITECH… Read more »

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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    National Evaluation of ConnectHome

    The ConnectHome initiative, launched in July 2015, is a collaboration among communities, the private sector, and the federal government to expand high-speed internet across the country and bridge the digital divide. Insight will determine whether ConnectHome increases internet access in these communities; qualitatively assess how internet access affects residents’ quality of life; and describe the implementation experience of participating communities.

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    Annual Customer Service Survey of Performance-Based Contract Administrators

    Project Overview Insight designed, implemented, and analyzed this inaugural survey for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine the customer service quality ratings of Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCAs) through development and implementation of confidential customer service surveys of housing owners and managers served by the PBCAs. PBCAs are entities that administer… Read more »

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    Annual Customer Service Survey of Performance-Based Contract Administrators II

    Project Overview Under this contract, Insight continued and expanded its prior annual survey conducted for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine the customer service quality ratings of Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCAs) through development and implementation of confidential customer service surveys of housing owners and managers served by the PBCAs. PBCAs… Read more »

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  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      National Survey of Drowsy Driving Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors

      Drowsy driving results in thousands of traffic-related deaths each year. Insight conducts the National Survey of Drowsy Driving Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, a key component of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Drowsy Driving Strategic Plan. The survey seeks to provide national estimates of this behavior and collect additional data in Arkansas and New Jersey, two states that have enacted drowsy driving legislation. NHTSA will use the data to design and deploy countermeasures to reduce the incidence of drowsy driving across the United States.

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      2008 Alcohol Attitudes and Behavioral Survey

      Project Overview The purpose of this project was to assess the status of drinking and driving attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors among the U.S. driving-age public (with particular attention to young adult drivers ages 16–24), using the 2008 National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behaviors. Data for this study were collected by Gallup using… Read more »

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

    Assessing SSA’s Efforts to Meet the Needs of Persons With LEP

    This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) efforts in meeting the information and service needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals.

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration

    Evaluation of the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development

    Many formerly incarcerated individuals face barriers when attempting to reenter the workforce. Self-employment training may address these barriers and improve self-sufficiency by helping individuals to develop and launch their own businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and co-sponsor Justine PETERSEN to pilot the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative program in four cities.

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  • National Science Foundation

    Pilot Study of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program’s Monitoring System

    The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program promotes innovative, interdisciplinary initiatives in engineering research and education. The National Science Foundation (NSF) contracted with Insight to launch a new survey on key program outcomes for past, present, and future EFRI grantees.

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    Evaluation of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program

    Project Overview The study is to evaluate the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. This program is designed to educate highly qualified science and engineering technicians in strategic advanced technology fields; improve the technical skills and the general science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) preparation of technicians and educators; and increase the… Read more »

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    Formative Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative

    Project Overview Insight is developing a formative evaluation for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative. The CLB is a 10-year initiative that supports family-friendly policy solutions that intend to promote work-life balance among science and engineering graduate students, postdoctorate fellows, and faculty at institutions of higher education. Supplemental grants can be used… Read more »

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    Math and Science Partnership Program: Intermediate Trends in Math and Science Partnership Changes in Student Achievement With Management Information System

    Project Overview The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program responds to a growing national concern about improving the educational performance of U.S. children in mathematics and science. Through MSP, NSF awards competitive merit-based grants to teams composed of institutions of higher education, local K-12 school systems, and their supporting partners. The… Read more »

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    Merit Review: Assessment of Investigator and Reviewer Experiences

    Project Overview Insight is leading an evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Merit Review System. The goal of the study is to assess principal investigators and reviewers’ experiences with NSF’s merit review system and to determine the impact of 5 pilot programs aimed at increasing the quality and efficiency of the review system. Currently,… Read more »

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    Pilot Study of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program’s Monitoring System

    Project Overview The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program promotes innovative interdisciplinary initiatives in engineering research and education. The EFRI office pursues research projects that embrace new frontiers in engineering research and provides important support for those projects that develop transformative ideas in areas where there is a demonstrated need. The goal of… Read more »

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    Program Evaluation for the National Science Foundation’s Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program

    Project Overview For this project, Insight is conducting an evaluation of 3 separate grant opportunities administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program: research, diffusion, and extension projects. The overall goal of the GSE program is to support efforts that lead to a larger and… Read more »

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  • State and Local Governments

    • Florida State

      A Comprehensive Study on Florida Middle School Performance

      In response to Florida’s performance on the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), House Bill 293 required the Florida Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive study of states in which fourth- and eighth-grade students performed well on the NAEP. The objective was to identify factors that might support achievement in Florida schools, and Insight was contracted to conduct this study.

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    • New Mexico State

    • Washington State

      Influencing and Improving Prenatal Screening and Intervention for Substance Abuse, Tobacco, and Domestic Violence

      Insight conducted an evaluation of 2 Washington State programs: the Maternal Substance Abuse Screening Initiative for Providers and the Perinatal Partnership Against Domestic Violence Training Program. Together, these programs are designed to train and educate health care providers to effectively screen for, identify, and provide effective interventions for pregnant women with tobacco, alcohol, and/or drug use problems and those who are victims of domestic violence.

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  • Associations, Foundations, and Private Organizations

    • University of California, Los Angeles

      Kidney Transplant Education Needs of Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease

      Insight partnered with nephrology researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Kaiser Permanente to identify the transplant education needs of patients with early chronic kidney disease (CKD) compared to patients with late-stage CKD (or end-stage renal disease, known as ESRD).

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    • American Association of Retired Persons

      Survey on Loneliness Among Older Adults

      The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of loneliness among adults age 45 and older. In addition to examining prevalence rates across and within groups of older Americans, the study provided a descriptive profile of lonely older adults and examined the relationships between loneliness and health, health behaviors, involvement in a social network, and use of technology for social communications and networking.

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    • Cooper Health Services

      Online Mental Health Self-Assessment for Veterans

      Insight is partnering with Cooper University Health Care System and the New Jersey Department of Health on a study to improve outreach to and broaden access to care for veterans residing in southern New Jersey.

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    • National Council of State Boards of Nursing

      Evaluation of the Multistate Nursing Licensure Compact

      This project was designed to evaluate the effects of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) on each of the States and on actively practicing nurses. The NLC is an agreement between participating States to mutually recognize each other’s Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) licenses. This agreement allows nurses to hold a single license and be eligible to practice in the licensing State as well as other States participating in the NLC, subject to each State’s practice laws and regulations.

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    • Niswonger Foundation

      Evaluation of the i3 Northeast Tennessee College and Career Consortium Grant

      Project Overview Insight serves as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation for the evaluation of the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Consortium. The consortium is a partnership among 15 Local Education Agencies (representing 30 high schools) and several colleges/universities in Northeast Tennessee. The goals of the consortium are to increase access to rigorous courses—particularly in rural… Read more »

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    • Optum Labs

      Tracking, Classification, and Assessment of Accountable Care Organizations: Phase I

      Project Overview Initiatives stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spurred rapid growth in the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs)—health care models that aim to improve health care outcomes while reducing care expenditures, potentially receiving a share of the resulting savings if… Read more »

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      Tracking, Classification, and Assessment of Accountable Care Organizations: Phase II

      Project Overview Initiatives stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spurred rapid growth in the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) —health care models that aim to improve health care outcomes while reducing care expenditures, potentially receiving a share of the resulting savings… Read more »

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    • The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)

      Evaluation of the Curriculum and Training Program for Clinical Practitioners and Staff on the Younger Adult in the Long-Term Care Setting

      Insight is evaluating The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)’s training program for health care providers in the long-term care (LTC) setting who work with younger adult residents. LTC providers face unique challenges in caring for younger adults, who have different clinical, financial, and regulatory needs from the geriatric (65 and older) population and who make up an increasing proportion of LTC residents.

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