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

WIC Food Package Report 2014

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2014 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 2014. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and compares food package prescriptions over time.

WIC Food Package Report 2012

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 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 2012. It includes information on food package prescriptions by participant category and food package type and provides a comparison of food package prescriptions over time.

SNAP-Ed Data Improvement Agenda and Action Plan

This action plan represents an important first step toward the goal of improved SNAP-Ed data at the national level. Outlined within the action plan are 15 recommendations organized around 4 priority areas related to data collection and reporting; continuity across the program’s data life cycle, accessibility and transparency; and longer term planning. These recommendations were informed by a focused review of SNAP-Ed literature and resources, 21 technical working group meetings focused on 12 important SNAP-Ed data categories, 3 Steering Committee meetings, discussions with FNS, and information gleaned from presentations and discussions at the 2020 annual conference of the Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators. Over 100 SNAP-Ed and other nutrition and research experts participated in these steering committee and technical working group meetings.

The Extent and Nature of Underreporting of SNAP Participation in National Surveys

This in-depth research review describes the extent and nature of underreporting of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation in four national surveys and seeks to identify potential remedies for the problem. The data for this study included a literature review of underreporting in SNAP and other federal programs and estimates of SNAP underreporting from four national surveys: the Current Population Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the American Community Survey.

Evaluation of the Impact of Wave 1 Enhancement Demonstrations on Participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): 2011

This report evaluated four statewide, multiyear demonstrations to test new innovative strategies to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program. The demonstrations included (1) incentives to extend the duration of program operations, (2) funding for educational or recreational activities at summer sites, (3) the provision of noncongregate meal delivery in rural areas, and (4) backpack food packages for weekend and holiday use. The study team used administrative data from participating states to assess the effectiveness of the demonstrations. Key outcome measures include the total number of meals served and the total number of children served (as measured by average daily attendance, or ADA). Additional outcome measures include the number of backpacks or meals delivered. This report also presents findings from a sample of non-demonstration sites that served as comparison sites to examine the effectiveness of the demonstrations.

WIC Food Package Costs: FY 2014

This report describes the food package costs for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by participant category, food package type, and WIC-eligible food category in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Data sources included (1) FY 2014 FNS administrative data, (2) WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2014 data, (3) Food Package III cost data, and (4) Information Resources, Inc., household purchase data.

Feasibility of Revising the SNAP Quality Control Review Process

This report assessed the feasibility of revising the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control (QC) system from the current two-tier state and federal process to a one-tier federal-only system. The data for this feasibility study were obtained from a comprehensive environmental scan, site visits with SNAP QC officials in three states, interviews with federal staff from the Food and Nutrition Service and other agencies, interviews with subject matter experts, and administrative cost data.

Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP Quality Control Reviews

This report identifies factors contributing to incomplete Quality Control (QC) reviews of active Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cases, identifies best practices associated with high completion rates, and makes recommendations to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and states for improving SNAP QC completion rates. Data collection methods include (1) web and telephone surveys of state and federal QC staff in all states and FNS regions, (2) semistructured in-person interviews and case file reviews with six states and two FNS Regional Offices, (3) collection and analysis of administrative data, (4) an assessment of the state and federal SNAP QC review processes, and (5) field rereviews of incomplete QC cases in three states.

Measuring the Cost of a Thrifty Food Plan in Puerto Rico

In response to a Congressional Directive, USDA commissioned the Measuring the Cost of a Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) in Puerto Rico study. The purpose of the study was to provide USDA with options for measuring the cost of a TFP in Puerto Rico. To identify options, Insight conducted an environmental scan, convened an expert study group, conducted interviews with subject matter experts, and synthesized information across sources. The report describes the final options, along with each option’s advantages and disadvantages, as well as cost and timeline to implement.

Puerto Rico SNAP Feasibility Study

This report assessed the feasibility and potential effects of providing nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program instead of through its Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP), an annually funded block grant. Specifically, it examined the potential impact of such a transition on eligibility standards, benefit determination, operational procedures, administrative burden, and costs to the U.S. Government and the Government of Puerto Rico. Study methods included a document review; semistructured interviews with Puerto Rico NAP staff and other stakeholders, such as NAP participants; a microsimulation model; and a cost assessment.