Mathematica teamed with Abt Associates, Inc., to test the impact of two approaches for providing food assistance to low-income, school-age children in the summer to reduce child hunger and food insecurity.
- Nutrition assistance programs
- Analysis of food security and nutrition outcomes
- Cost analysis and cost-benefit analysis
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
Anne Gordon's research interests are in nutrition assistance programs—including their operations, participant characteristics, costs, and outcomes—and in modeling the effects of these programs on dietary, health, and economic outcomes for disadvantaged children and families.
Over her a career spanning more than two decades, Gordon has directed large national studies of the Summer Food Service Program and the school lunch and breakfast programs. She directed the analysis of the Third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study (SNDA-III). She has also led several studies of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, including extensive work on WIC eligibility estimates, and a qualitative study of innovative WIC practices. Gordon is leading the cost study component for two Food and Nutrition Service experimental evaluations of demonstrations to improve access to nutrition assistance for schoolchildren—the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstration and the Demonstration of Direct Certification through Medicaid.
A strong writer and reviewer, Gordon has been part of teams providing technical assistance and peer review to the Regional Educational Laboratories and is also a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer.
Gordon co-authored several papers in a supplement to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association on findings from SNDA-III data and has been a frequent presenter at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and at Economic Research Service Food and Nutrition Assistance Program research conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.