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. <a href="https://www.westat.com/articles/westat-acquires-insight-policy-research" target="_blank">Learn more</a> 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. <a href="https://www.westat.com/articles/westat-acquires-insight-policy-research" target="_blank">Learn more</a> here.
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Projects

Best Practices in Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) Operations and Planning

Project Overview

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plays a vital role in providing supplemental nutrition assistance in the wake of a disaster. As part of this response, FNS administers the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), which provides short-term food assistance benefits to households affected by a disaster. In recent years, as weather-related disasters in the United States have become more frequent, the number of States providing D-SNAP benefits each year has increased.

In fiscal years 2017 and 2018 alone, D-SNAP aided nearly 6 million households and responded to more than a dozen disasters. FNS supports states’ D-SNAP planning and operations through provision of D-SNAP training, technical assistance, and guidance. The primary purpose of this study is to identify and document best practices in D-SNAP planning and operations from across the country and for a variety of disaster types. Specifically, Insight is addressing the following study objectives:

  • Assess the implementation and operation of D-SNAP for selected disasters in each study state.
  • Describe the characteristics and economic circumstances of the D-SNAP households for the selected disasters.
  • Document each state’s approach to protecting program integrity while operating D-SNAP.
  • Determine best practices for developing annual disaster plans to address various disaster types.
  • Determine best practices for implementing and operating D-SNAP for a variety of disaster types.

To address these objectives, Insight is conducting case studies of up to 10 D-SNAPs in 5 states. The study includes the following four primary data collection components:

  • Review of all available information on the planning, implementation, operation, and postdisaster reporting of D-SNAP in five states
  • Interviews with federal staff at FNS Headquarters and Regional Offices who worked with states on D-SNAP administration and approvals
  • Site visits to the five selected states to assess all aspects of the D-SNAP operations based on in-depth interviews, process-mapping discussions, and on-the-ground observations at former D-SNAP sites and disaster areas
  • Collection of administrative caseload data to examine the characteristics and economic circumstances of D-SNAP households and estimate the economic impact in the affected areas

Products

Final report