USDA report explores healthy food incentives for SNAP users
New: Blog Post on the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research’s (NCCOR) website: http://nccor.org/blog/new-usda-report-explores-healthy-food-incentives-for-snap-users/
Tune in to Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5 Afternoon Shift to hear Associate Director Allison Karpyn, PhD share findings from the report “Approaches for Promoting Healthy Food Purchases by SNAP Participants”
Report available from the USDA (http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ICF-IHC-Final-Report-0714.pdf)
The plan for leveraging a nutrition labeling system and the incentive approaches for promoting
healthy choices described in this report were developed through a review of the literature, expert
consultation, and consideration of ongoing initiatives to help consumers make healthy choices in
the retail setting. Expert consultation served to further develop the operational details of potential
approaches and to identify challenges, barriers, and opportunities for the likely stakeholders of
each approach. The technical expert rankings identified a set of possible approaches that were
determined to be both feasible and have substantial potential for impact. From that list, the study
team, in consultation with FNS, selected six approaches to develop further. Each of the six
approaches was developed to include a full description of the theoretical framework,
implementation, and suggested adjunct supports. The study team sought additional input from a
midsized regional retailer and a small retailer to refine some of the technical features of these
Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works
- Train 15 new teacher leaders in Year 1 to serve underrepresented areas of the U.S. with a high population of schools meeting the criteria for Absolute Priority 4.
- Train 750 new Reading Recovery teachers each year for a total of 3,750 teachers at the end of five years.
- Work with more than 90,000 Reading Recovery students and over 400,000 students in classrooms or Title I small group instruction.
- Conduct a rigorous independent project evaluation including both experimental and qualitative methodologies.
- Provide high-quality oversight for the project, orchestrating activities across all the official partners.
Official Partners: There are 16 official partner institutes of higher education (IHEs) participating in the project: The Ohio State University, Clemson University, Georgia State University, Lesley University, National Louis University, New York University, Oakland University, Saint Mary’s College, Texas Women’s University, University of Arkansas–Little Rock, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Northern Iowa, the University of South Dakota, and The University of Pennsylvania (the project’s external evaluator).
Study of International Baccalaureate Students’ Post-Secondary Outcomes
New – Report released August 2013