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Feasibility and Accuracy of Record Linkage To Estimate Multiple Program Participation

by Mark Prell

Electronic Publications from the Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (EFAN-03008) November 2004

This study investigated the feasibility of linking administrative data from multiple USDA food assistance and nutrition programs. To determine the potential for record linkage, Phase I of the study gathered information in 26 States on the characteristics and content of administrative databases for the Food Stamp Program (FSP), the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and child nutrition programs. Phase II of the study collected and linked 2000-02 administrative data on FSP and WIC clients in Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky. Phase II estimates multiple program participation in FSP and WIC, describes the relative timing of participation across programs, and examines the individual and household characteristics associated with multiple program participation.

Keywords: Food Stamp Program, FSP, Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children, WIC, food assistance programs, poor families, welfare policy, program access, caseloads, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP

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Feasibility and Accuracy of Record Linkage To Estimate Multiple Program Participation: Volume I, Record Linkage Issues and Results of the Survey of Food Assistance Information Systems

Feasibility and Accuracy of Record Linkage To Estimate Multiple Program Participation: Volume II, Survey of Food Assistance Information Systems—Survey Instruments

Feasibility and Accuracy of Record Linkage To Estimate Multiple Program Participation: Volume III, Results of Record Linkage

Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For more information contact: Mark Prell

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