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Evaluation of Food Policies Implemented Across the U.S.

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The United States (U.S.) Food Policy Evaluation project is designed to comprehensively examine environmental and behavioral changes (e.g., accessibility, marketing, pricing, purchasing and consumption of healthy versus unhealthy foods and beverages) following local, state, and federal adoption and implementation of nutrition policies. As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Food Policy Program, an initiative that supports the promotion of healthier diets though policy change, our team and external research partners will evaluate policies across five key areas that aim to improve population nutrition: 1) Making changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to support healthy eating; 2) Implementing warning labels on unhealthy foods and beverages (e.g., sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)); 3) Making changes to retail food marketing (including product, placement, promotion and pricing); 4) Improving food and beverage offerings in restaurants; and, 5) Improving nutrition standards and food and beverage offerings in schools and universities. Additionally, our team will convene an Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) to help inform and advise on the development of tools and evaluation work.

Project activities include independent and collaborative policy evaluations, the provision of technical assistance, and/or funding to external evaluation teams. All proposed evaluations are rigorously assessed by the project team and EAC using criteria designed to examine policy significance and research design.

Policy Areas & Research Questions Heading link

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

    Can modifications to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) improve participants’ dietary intake?

  • Warning Labels

    Can unhealthy food and beverage warning labels (e.g., for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)) across retail and restaurant settings effectively increase consumer awareness, impact purchasing behaviors, and ultimately improve dietary intake?

  • Retail Food and Beverages

    Can policies that address retail food marketing (i.e., products, placement, promotions, and pricing) lead to healthier retail environments and improved consumer purchasing and dietary intake?

    Current Research

  • Restaurant Food and Beverages

    Can policies that address food and beverage options increase healthy restaurant offerings and lead to improved purchasing and dietary intake?

    Current Research

  • School Nutrition

    Can changes to food and beverage nutrition standards and offerings lead to improved nutrition options and dietary intake in schools and universities?

Our Team Heading link

Principal Investigator Lisa M. Powell, PhD
Co-Investigators Vanessa Oddo, PhD, MPH
Staff Julien Leider, MA
Rebecca Schermbeck, MPH, MS, RD
Andrea Pipito, MS
Postdoctoral Research Associate Samantha Marinello, PhD, MS
Research Assistants Bailey Lanai, BS
Aline Vandenbroeck, MS
Jane Yim, MS
Evaluation Advisory Committee Members Tatiana Andreyeva, PhD (University of Connecticut)
Steve Gortmaker, PhD (Harvard University)
Shu Wen Ng, PhD (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD (Cornell University)
Mary Story, PhD, RD (Duke University)
Parke Wilde, PhD, MS (Tufts University)