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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Betsy Thorn

Posted on June 20, 2016 by -

Betsy Thorn is an experienced researcher and project director with expertise in food and nutrition assistance programs and policy. As a director for food and nutrition research, Betsy leads business development and strategic planning for Insight’s food and nutrition portfolio. This portfolio focuses on research, evaluation, and technical assistance for federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and other clients.

Betsy serves as project director for the Update to Feasibility Study on Implementing SNAP in Puerto Rico for FNS, which entails identifying the changes that would be needed to convert Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program to SNAP and estimating a timeline and costs for such a conversion. Betsy also directs the Reasons for Underredemption of the WIC Cash-Value Benefit study for FNS. This project uses interviews with State agency staff and WIC participants in combination with electronic benefit transfer data to identify policies and other factors related to participants’ use of the cash-value benefit to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Betsy has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research. She has designed and administered surveys, collected quantitative administrative data, and analyzed secondary datasets. She has also developed qualitative data collection protocols and collected and analyzed qualitative data. Betsy earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland.