Scott Cody

Scott Cody

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Health Program Improvement
Areas of Expertise
  • Research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis methods
  • Data quality
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
  • Data Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics
About Scott

Scott Cody is a leading expert in using advanced data analytics to improve decision making in the public sector. For more than 20 years, Cody has studied the effects of program changes on enrollment and service use within education, nutrition, and income support programs. Now a recognized leader in translating complex research findings into accessible, actionable information, Cody regularly works with policymakers and administrators at all levels of government to help them use data to inform their decisions.

As a nutrition policy expert, Cody led the first major in-depth study of state efforts to streamline enrollment procedures for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid. He examined how policy and operational changes affect program costs and the behaviors and perceptions of program participants and staff. For the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, he led an impact evaluation of efforts to increase program participation among the elderly, along with several studies on the circumstances that lead people to enter and exit SNAP.

Cody’s commentary on data analytics—specifically on combining rigorous evaluation techniques with administrative data to improve program efficiency and effectiveness—has appeared in a range of publications, including articles for the Hamilton Project and the Conference Board. Since joining Mathematica in 1996, Cody has participated in numerous media interviews, research conferences, and industry events throughout the Washington, DC, area, where he discusses the latest trends in the design and methodology of public policy research. He holds an M.P.P. in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

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