For this project, IMPAQ updated and expanded on earlier analyses to provide detailed information on food expenditures and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households making them. This project had an overarching objective of understanding how SNAP benefits and cash purchases fit into a household’s overall food expenditures and how this varies across subpopulations.
While new technologies present a unique opportunity to deliver nutrition education, little is known about ways in which nutrition education has embraced the use of new technologies and digital/social media. Under contract with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), IMPAQ conducted a literature review to determine the most effective designs and tools for delivering child-focused, school-based nutrition education using new technologies. Through a summary of existing literature and market research, environmental scans, key informants interviews and in-person site visits, IMPAQ found th
Access to healthy and affordable food is central to the success of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. There has been much recent attention paid to describing the nature and extent of “food deserts” and disparities in access to healthy food. The concept of a “food desert” describes an environment that provides insufficient access to healthy and affordable food. Little is known about whether improved access to healthy, affordable food results in increased consumption of these foods and improved health outcomes.
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to provide children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts. To support FNS’ mission, FNS requires a variety of data that describe the diets and food purchasing patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. SNAP households receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used to purchase food at stores in much the same way consumers use credit or debit cards.
Over 20 million households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the Federal government each month. This study examined point-of-sale (POS) food purchase data to determine what foods SNAP participants typically purchase and how these purchases compare to those made by non-SNAP households. By using POS data to compare the purchases of SNAP households to those of non-SNAP households, the current study provided more detail on food expenditure patterns than previous studies.
As state budgets have shrunk and assistance program caseloads grown, many states and counties are having difficulty meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application, recertification, and case management processes. It is critical that state SNAP managers look for improved ways to improve efficiency and better serve eligible households.
For this project, IMPAQ conducted an evaluation of the Federal Contractor Selection System (FCSS) used by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. The FCSS is used by OFCCP to identify Federal contractors who do not comply with Federal laws related to employee discrimination.
IMPAQ designed an evaluation of the enforcement procedures used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S.
IMPAQ is conducting a random assignment impact evaluation of OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting (SST) program, an inspection program that targets establishments in high-hazard non-construction sectors.
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S.