Completed Peer Review Plans and Reports
Title: School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study
Description: This study examines the relationships between school environment and school food service operations, nutritional quality of meals offered and served in the The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, costs to produce reimbursable meals, and student participation, participant characteristics, satisfaction and related attitudes toward the school lunch and breakfast programs.
Title: Summer EBT for Children Comprehensive Final Report
Description: Authorized under the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (PL 111-8), the Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) demonstrations rigorously test and evaluate the extent to which the use of electronic benefits technologies can be used to reduce food insecurity among children eligible for assistance through the FNS National School Lunch and Summer Food Service Programs. During the summer, when school is not in session, only about fifteen percent of eligible children are reached by these feeding programs. SEBTC is intended to bridge this gap.
Title: School Nutrition Dietary Assessment IV
Description: Updates information on three areas of interest to policy makers: (1) characteristics of the school environment and school food service operations; (2) nutritional quality of meals offered and served in the school meal programs, and of foods sold in competition with school meals; and (3) student participation, participant characteristics, satisfaction, and related attitudes toward the school lunch and breakfast program.
- Peer Review Plan (updated November 2011)
- Peer Review Comments
- Completed Study (released November 2012)
Title: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Evaluation
Description: Assesses the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, expanded across the nation by the FCEA, to determine whether children (a) experienced, as a result of participating in the program, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and (b) made other dietary changes, such as decreased consumption of less nutritious foods.
Title: Birth Month Breastfeeding Changes to the WIC Food Package
Description: Assesses the effect of birth month changes in breastfeeding practices resulting from the changes to the provision of infant formula made as part of the update to the WIC food package.
- Peer Review Plan (updated December 2011)
- Peer Review Comments
- Completed Study (released December 2011)
Title: Healthy Incentive Pilots (HIP)
Description: The Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 authorized USDA to carry out pilot projects to develop, test and evaluate methods of using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve the dietary and health status of households eligible for or participating in SNAP. Specifically, it provides $20 million to test the effects of providing financial incentives at the point-of-purchase to encourage SNAP households to purchase fruits, vegetables or other healthful foods.
The Healthy Incentive Pilot includes a rigorous evaluation, supported by a Technical Working Group (TWG) to provide external advice and input on the evaluation research design, early results, the final report, and to provide other consultation services as needed. The TWG includes five outside experts in relevant areas of research and subject matter experts from other Federal government agencies.
- Peer Review Plan (revised January 2013)
- Peer Review Report – Data Collection (February 2011)
- Technical Memorandum : TWG Meeting on HIP Evaluation Analysis (April 2013)
- Technical Memorandum : TWG Feedback on Final Evaluation Report (August 2014)
Title: School Nutrition Dietary Assessment III
Description: As part of the Agency's periodic assessment of the nutritional effects of school meals, this study will update information on five areas of interest to policy makers: (1) characteristics of the school environment and school food service operations; (2) nutritional quality of meals offered and served in the school meal programs; (3) student participation, participant characteristics, satisfaction, and related attitudes toward the school lunch and breakfast program; and (4) student dietary intakes and the contribution of school meals to these dietary intakes.
- Peer Review Plan (completed December 2005)
- Peer Review Report (review comments received June 2007, report posted December 2007)
- Completed Study (released November 2007)
Contact: Richard Lucas, FNS Peer Review Official
Deputy Administrator for Policy Support
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 305-2017