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This is Volume II of the report on the evaluation of the NSLP Application Verification Pilot Projects. It supplements Volume I, which presents the evaluation findings. Volume II has two objectives: (1) to provide a detailed description of the methods used to conduct the study; and (2) to present tabulations that supplement and extend the analyses reported in Volume I. To provide context for the discussions in subsequent chapters, it is useful to keep in the forefront the main features of the study design: (1) Comparison districts, which were carefully matched to each pilot district, provide a benchmark for measuring the impacts of the Up-Front Documentation and Graduated Verification Pilot Projects on the certification of students from eligible and ineligible families for free and reduced-price school meals, and on the participation of students in the NSLP; (2) Stratified, scientifically selected samples of all families (with the exception of those directly certified) in each school district provide the basis for drawing inferences about impacts; (3) Surveys of sample students? families used carefully structured questionnaires to derive independent measures of household size and income, with which to assess the income eligibility of each student family selected for the study; (4) Data provided by school districts on the meal price status of each selected student as of October 31, 2002, to measure certification for free and reduced-price meals was used; (5) Inferences about impacts of the pilot procedures by comparing the experiences of the sampled student families in the pilot and comparison districts, and by using statistical models to control for the effects of family characteristics that both influence the experiences of interest and differ between pilot and comparison districts were drawn; and (6) Data on implementation of the pilot procedures and the costs of administering the NSLP application and verification processes through semi structured inter staff wse activities in each district were obtained. The sampling and data collection schedule was designed so as to meet the objective providing FNS with preliminary tabulations of the data by the end of February 2003.

Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Nutrition, Program Evaluation, Lunch Programs, Eligibility, Data Collection, Certification, Evaluation Methods, Comparative Analysis, Benchmarking, Student Participation, Costs, Program Implementation

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Author: Burghardt, John; Gleason, Philip; Sinclair, Michael; Cohen, Rhoda; Hulsey, Lara; Milliner-Waddell, Julita

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7765&id=ED486546







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