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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: WIC Eligibility Expert Review Panel Study
Award Year: 2001
Amount of award, fiscal 2001: $350,000.00 fiscal 2000: $250,000.00
Institution: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Principal Investigator: Jay Hirschman
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project provides support for a National Academy of Sciences committee to review methods and procedures for estimating annually the number of people eligible for the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and to identify ways to improve WIC eligibility and participation estimates.

USDA was requested to provide a study to Congress on methods, procedures, and data available to estimate the number of WIC eligibles and rates of participation. Funds were provided to support a National Academy of Sciences expert panel review of the methodology used to estimate the national number of individuals income eligible and fully eligible for the WIC Program. The first phase of the project culminated in the report by the National Research Council. Phase II of the project will assess procedural improvements for estimates of eligible infants and child, develop procedures for estimates of eligible women, and consider issues related to participation levels. The first phase was supported by an award of $250,000, and the second phase by an award of $350,000.

Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Program Integrity, WIC
Output:
National Research Council. Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program: Final Report. Panel to Evaluate the USDA's Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program, M. Van Ploeg and D. Betson, eds., Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.
National Research Council. Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program: Phase 1 Report. Panel to Evaluate the USDA's Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program, M. Van Ploeg and D. Betson, eds., Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2001.

Last updated: Monday, August 18, 2014

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