Research Project

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: demonstration pilot and policy evaluations, designing a smarter SNAP

This project aims to improve the efficacy and efficiency of government-sponsored supplemental nutritional programs by 1) designing and executing a demonstration pilot to test the effects of a split-issuance distribution method of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on education, crime, consumption, and food insecurity; and 2) evaluating two recent policy changes that were made without research guidance related to SNAP benefit distribution and encouraging the consumption of healthier foods. This research initiative is part of a broader effort to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports concrete, measurable, and lasting improvements in society, as well as more effective and efficient government.