Electronic Publications from the Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (EFAN-01-010) 130 pp

December 2001

Data Development Initiatives for Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs, Phase I: Ten Potential Data Initiatives

This report describes 10 potential data development initiatives, each of which holds promise for improving the quality or reducing the cost of data resources in USDA's three major food assistance programs. The initiatives reflect the research needs of all three of the largest Federal food assistance programs: the Food Stamp Program (FSP), the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the National School Lunch Program (NLSP). The initiatives also were chosen to provide information for several types of research, especially the measurement of program impacts and the dynamics of program participation.

Keywords: Food Stamp Program, WIC, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, child nutrition programs, National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, data development, food assistance

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