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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Projects

Missouri SNAP Basics Publication

Product Overview The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a complex and highly regulated program that can be challenging to understand—even for policy-savvy legislators, civil servants, academics, and advocates. However, because SNAP is state administered, it offers significant opportunity for states to customize materials and processes to meet communities’ needs. The Missouri SNAP Basics Publication[...]

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Update to Feasibility Study on Implementing SNAP in Puerto Rico

Project Overview As provided by Section 776 of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116–94), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) contracted with Insight to update our 2010 report, Implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Puerto Rico: A Feasibility Study. Insight also developed a detailed implementation plan with specific steps and estimated timelines and costs[...]

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Measuring the Cost of a Thrifty Food Plan

Project Overview The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) currently maintains four food plans that represent a nutritious diet for home consumption at different cost levels: Thrifty, Low Cost, Moderate Cost, and Liberal. The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) serves as the “national standard for a nutritious diet at a minimal cost” and is used[...]

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Evaluating Policies, Programs, and Strategies to Support English Learners

Project Overview The 2015 Every Student Success Act (ESSA) required states to develop standardized reclassification policies for students leaving their English learner (EL) status. Changing a student’s status from English learner to English proficient can affect institutional settings, language supports, and the opportunities available to students. Inappropriately timed reclassification can result in lower academic achievement[...]

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Bias in Early Learning Assessments

Project Overview Many of the best early learning programs support children by monitoring their development, but the selection of an assessment appropriate for children of varied backgrounds is challenging. Researchers, educators, and advocacy groups have raised concerns about the potential for bias in assessments because children of similar ability may have unequal access to cultural[...]

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Data Analytic and Evaluation Studies

Project Overview The Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) supports the sharing of information between state education agencies and child welfare agencies by permitting state education agencies to share educational records about children in the foster care system without parental consent. The information keeps child welfare workers informed about a child’s education history—including school enrollment and school[...]

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WIC Product Bundling to Reduce Health Inequities for Women and Children

Project Overview Insight is supporting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in its overarching goal of ensuring everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. This project examines the feasibility of using bundling to improve the experiences of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) shopper and[...]

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