ICYMI: Walorski Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Utilization of Evidence-based Research in SNAP

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Welcomes Notre Dame Professor as Witness

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), convened a Subcommittee on Nutrition hearing to continue the full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The subcommittee met to examine how the utilization of evidence-based research can allow limited program resources to be targeted toward the interventions with the greatest impact.

“With nearly 46 million Americans in the SNAP program, it is critical to explore how we can implement effective research that will improve the quality and quantity of data currently available. More and better data helps us as lawmakers evaluate what works and what doesn’t and target resources towards programs that can have the greatest impact on improving SNAP for both recipients and taxpayers.” Walorski said.

The subcommittee heard testimony from a panel of experts, who discussed the ways in which social science research methods and evidence-based solutions reduce costs and improve results. Expert witnesses included Jim Sullivan, an economics professor at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the Lab for Economic Opportunity.

Watch Walorski opening remarks here.

Earlier today, Walorski sat down with Professor Sullivan and introduced him to the Subcommittee, watch her introduction here and click here for a photo of the meeting.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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