Food Assistance and Hunger

Nationally Representative Study of WIC Nutrition Education Processes

For USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, RTI and its team of researchers from Altarum Institute and the Atkins Center for Weight and Health, University of California at Berkeley are conducting a study to characterize nutrition education offered as part of theWe are conducting a nationally representative survey of local agencies and WIC sites to describe WIC nutrition education, including modes of delivery and intensity. Following the survey, we are conducting a pilot study with six WIC sites to assess the impact of WIC nutrition education on dietary behaviors of participating women and children. Based on the pilot study findings, we will develop an approach for conducting a national evaluation study.

Models of SNAP–Education and Evaluation, Waves I & II

For USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, RTI is evaluating models of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and evaluation (SNAP was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). Altarum Institute and RTI are jointly conducting evaluations of seven demonstration programs, with RTI leading the impact evaluation to examine the extent to which the education programs change recipients' dietary behaviors.

Understanding the Interdependencies among Three Types of Coping Strategies Used by Very Low Food Security Households with Children

With funding from the University of Kentucky's Center for Poverty Research, RTI is conducting a mixed methods study intended to develop a better understanding of the coping strategies that very low food secure households with children use to ensure that their households have sufficient food, which can then inform policies and programs designed to alleviate hunger among those households.

A Pilot Study to Examine Dietary Quality, Stress, and Eating Behaviors among Women with Children Participating in the WIC Program

This RTI funded cross-sectional study was conducted with 101 women who had a child enrolled in the Cumberland County, NC WIC Program. This study measured dietary intake by 24-hr recall using USDA's Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM) and calculated Healthy Eating Index-2005 scores to assess dietary quality. The study assessed perceived stress and three factors of eating behaviors and their associations with diet quality.

WIC Food Cost Report and Market Analysis

For USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, in collaboration with the Urban Institute, we calculated the Fiscal year 2010 food costs of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and developed a multi-market equilibrium displacement model that simulates the effect of WIC on food prices and sales.

WIC Vendor Management Study

For USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, Altarum Institute and RTI conducted a study to collect and analyze data about state WIC Program vendor management practices and to determine the extent to which WIC vendors nationwide violated program rules and the factors associated with such violations. The Altarum/RTI team conducted the 1998 and 2005 iterations of the study, and are currently conducting the 2013 study.