Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
The Evaluation of the Alabama Food Stamp Cash-Out Demonstration

A fundamental issue in the design of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) is the form benefits should take. Advocates of the current coupon system argue that coupons are a direct and inexpensive way to ensure that food stamp benefits are used to purchase food; that, despite some evidence of fraud and benefit diversion under the current system, the unauthorized use of food stamps is relatively limited; and that coupons provide some measure of protection to food budgets from other demands on limited household resources. Advocates of replacing coupons with cash argue that the current system limits the food purchasing choices of participants, places a stigma on participation; and entails excessive costs for coupon issuance, transaction, and redemption.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Child Nutrition Program Operations Study: Second Year Report

To manage the Child Nutrition programs effectively, FNS collects and analyzes information from annual State-level management reports. However, because these State-level reports vary considerably in both format and content, FNS is unable to rely on this source for all of its ongoing information needs.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Child Nutrition Meal Cost Methodology Study

The study collected data on-site on food, labor, and other meal production costs for a five day period. A major goal was to test the feasibility of identifying meal production costs that were not charged to the SFA account (to obtain full costs) and directly allocating costs to different SFA activities.

Resource | Research | Impacts/Evaluations
Very Low Birthweight Among Medicaid Newborns in Five States: The Effects of Prenatal WIC Participation

This study is an analysis of very low birthweight among Medicaid newborns and the effect of prenatal WIC participation on the likelihood of very low birthweight.

Resource | Research | Cost Study
The Savings in Medicaid Costs for Newborns and their Mothers Resulting from Prenatal Participation in the WIC Program

The primary objective of this study was to determine the savings in Medicaid costs for newborns and their mothers during the first 60 days after birth resulting from participating the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy.

Resource | Research | Impacts/Evaluations
WIC Evaluation Resource Guide

This publication is a practical guide for WIC administrators to design and implement program evaluations.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Child Nutrition Program Operations Study: First Year Report

Purpose of this report is to manage the Child Nutrition programs effectively, FNS collects and analyzes information from annual State-level management reports.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Evaluation of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

This study presents the first nationally representative profiles of FDPIR participant and program characteristics, and the food-assistance needs and preferences among this particular target population. This executive summary provides a brief historical perspective on the program, describes the objectives and methodology of the evaluation, and summarizes the major finding.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Study of Income Verification in the National School Lunch Program

Prior to 1982, school districts were not required to verify the income or household size declared by households that applied for meal benefits. It was assumed that households were correctly reporting their income, and children from households that applied and declared a sufficiently Low income were given free or reduced-price meals. From 1982 to the present, the verification of household income for at least some of the approved application s for meal benefits has been part of each school district's responsibilities.