Practice Areas

Military and Veteran Support

Insight provides a full range of research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance services to federal agencies supporting military and veteran populations. We bring decades of on-the-ground experience working with service members, veterans, and their families. Insight’s areas of expertise include military personnel issues (e.g., recruitment, retention, career progression, equity, social support), women in the military, veteran employment, sexual assault in military populations, military and veteran health services and infrastructure, military family support, and higher education opportunities for military-affiliated populations. We specialize in work with sensitive subject matter, conducting rapid-paced research to meet decisionmakers’ needs, and presenting findings from high-visibility projects to leaders and stakeholders at all levels.

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Featured Projects

  • Supporting Military Decisionmakers and Federal Advisory Committees

    Insight provides research support to Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, Federal Advisory Committees, and the Military Services to make rigorous, evidence-based recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and senior military leaders to improve the lives of service members and their families.

    Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

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    Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

    Insight provides research and advisory support to this DoD Federal Advisory Committee on topics such as sexual harassment, pregnancy, gender discrimination, conscious and unconscious gender bias, childcare, domestic violence, recruitment, and retention. Insight produces an annual report for the Secretary of Defense.

    Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

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    Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

    The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for all prevention, advocacy, response, and oversight activities related to sexual assault within DoD and the Military Services. Insight provides comprehensive research and policy support for SAPRO, including managing two congressionally mandated reports tracking reporting and prevalence rates of sexual assault and sexual harassment in military populations. These reports also outline DoD and the Military Services’ efforts to prevent, reduce, and stop sexual assault and sexual harassment.

    U.S. Marine Corps Gender-Integrated Recruit Training Study

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    U.S. Marine Corps Gender-Integrated Recruit Training Study

    Insight is part of an interdisciplinary research team conducting a mixed-methods study assessing Marine Corps recruit training to provide objective data-driven recommendations for gender integration at recruit training.

    Recovering Warrior Task Force

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    Recovering Warrior Task Force

    In support of this DoD federal advisory committee, Insight assessed the effectiveness of DoD policies and programs and each of the military departments to assist and support the management and transition of recovering wounded, ill, and injured members of the Armed Forces. Insight produced an annual report for the Secretary of Defense.

  • Improving Veterans’ Healthcare Experiences

    Insight develops actionable tools to help healthcare providers better serve veterans.

    Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients

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    Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients

    Insight has led in-person summits at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers around the country, engaging hundreds of patients and personnel to collect qualitative data about patient experiences. As part of this work, Insight automated the development of in-depth reports for the 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks to provide real-time information on patient satisfaction across 141 VA facilities.

    Online Mental Health Self-Assessment for Veterans

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    Online Mental Health Self-Assessment for Veterans

    For the Cooper University Healthcare System and New Jersey Department of Health, Insight developed a self-assessment tool in the form of a web survey designed to ascertain veterans’ need for mental or behavioral health services and connect veterans in need of those services to professional healthcare.

  • Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Military Families

    Insight leads research on military families responsive to military directives, stakeholder interests, and gaps in academic knowledge.

    Military Family Research Services: Millennium Cohort Family Study

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    Military Family Research Services: Millennium Cohort Family Study

    Using longitudinal survey data on military families, Insight conducts research to assess the risk and protective factors for military family well-being. Insight researchers also evaluate interventions that could promote family well-being and increase resiliency in military populations.

  • Examining Veteran Outcomes

    Insight designs and conducts original research to promote better understanding of the range of challenges veterans face.

    Barriers to Veteran Entrepreneurship

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    Barriers to Veteran Entrepreneurship

    Insight conducted research supported by the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy to examine barriers toward entrepreneurship for millennial post-9/11 veterans. Using data from the American Community Survey, this statistical analysis examined how millennial post-9/11 veteran entrepreneurs differ from other meaningful comparison groups of veterans and civilians. This research was the first to examine millennial post-9/11 veteran entrepreneurs and the barriers they face in pursuing entrepreneurship.