We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. Learn more here.
We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. Learn more here.
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Reports and Publications

Each of Insight’s products is designed to convey complex information clearly, effectively, and concisely, particularly to nontechnical audiences. Our reports and other publications are tailored to ensure research evidence informs public policy and program implementation. We aim to exceed client expectations with every product delivered.

Reports and Publications

Benefit Redemption Patterns in SNAP

Using descriptive and regression analysis, this report examined redemption patterns of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, made comparisons with findings from two similar studies conducted for FY 2003 (Cole & Lee, 2005) and FY 2009 (Castner & Henke, 2011), and identified atypical spending behaviors. In particular, the report focused on examining the timing and amount of transactions and the rate at which households exhaust their benefits. The study used three primary sources of data: electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transaction data from the Anti-Fraud Locator using the EBT Retailer Transactions System (known as ALERT), data describing SNAP retailers from the Store Tracking and Redemption System (known as STARS), and data describing characteristics of SNAP households from the SNAP Quality Control database. Additional data included county poverty data, county adjacency information, and state EBT issuance schedules.

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2020

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2020 Report summarizes the characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2020. It includes information on participant demographics, income, nutrition risk characteristics, anthropometric and hematological characteristics, and estimates of breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants and children. This report also includes select findings from an additional analysis of data collected to understand effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on WIC participation.

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018 Report summarizes the characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2018. It includes information on participant demographics, income, nutrition risk characteristics, anthropometric and hematological characteristics, and estimates of breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants and children.

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2016

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2016 Report summarizes the characteristics of participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2016. It includes information on participant demographics, income, nutrition risk characteristics, anthropometric and hematological characteristics, and estimates of breastfeeding initiation rates for WIC infants and children.

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing SNAP in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

This feasibility study assessed the potential effects of providing nutrition assistance to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) instead of through its Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP), an annually funded block grant. The study conducted a systems change analysis of all the changes that would be needed to transition to SNAP, including legislative and policy changes, SNAP eligibility and electronic benefit transfer system changes, program integrity changes, and SNAP employment and training program changes. The study also estimated the initial implementation and annual operating costs of such a transition. Study methods included (1) an environmental scan of program documents, legislation, regulations, and other documents; (2) analysis of administrative NAP data and other secondary data sources; and (3) extensive in-person interviews with NAP and other government staff; employers, retailers, NAP participants, and community-based organizations in the CNMI; SNAP and vendor staff in Guam; Federal USDA staff in the National Office and Western Regional Office; and other key stakeholders across the islands.

WIC Food Packages and Costs Report 2018

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2018 Food Packages and Costs Report summarizes the contents and costs of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2018. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and food package costs by participant category, food package type, and WIC-eligible food category. This report also compares food package contents and costs over time.

WIC Food Package Report 2016

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2016 Food Package Report summarizes the contents of food packages prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide in April 2016. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and compares food package prescriptions over time.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: National School Lunch Program Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: NSLP Report examines the relationships between NSLP participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and body mass index. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: WIC Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: WIC Report examines the relationships between WIC participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and selected measures of health status such as body mass index and selected blood biomarkers. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: SNAP Report

The Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: SNAP Report examines the relationships between SNAP participation and selected measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, macro/micronutrient intakes, and food consumption patterns; and selected measures of health status such as body mass index, blood pressure, and selected blood biomarkers. It also examines how outcomes vary for SNAP participants who participate in several food assistance programs. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.