The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the primary source of nutrition assistance for many low-income people. Beyond providing a monthly benefit to spend on food, the program aims to ensure that SNAP participants have adequate access to enough food to lead healthy, active lives.
- Program evaluation
- Quantitative and qualitative analysis
- Technical assistance and monitoring
- Human Services
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Training and Re-employment
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
Gretchen Rowe evaluates the implementation and impacts of nutrition and employment and training programs serving low-income populations, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs.
Rowe directs a project to assess federal and state needs to better collect, report, and analyze SNAP E&T data, and she is leading a study of work requirement policies across the TANF, SNAP, and public housing programs. She is also a principal investigator of a congressionally mandated impact evaluation of 10 pilots that are promoting innovative strategies for increasing employment and earnings among SNAP participants and reducing their dependence on SNAP and other public assistance.
Prior to joining Mathematica, Rowe worked with the Urban Institute as a senior research associate, studying programs that serve low-income families and children. She has an M.P.P. in social policy from Georgetown University.
Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots
Exploring Measurement of Performance Outcomes and Work Requirements in Programs Promoting Economic Independence (EMPOWERED)
The purpose of this study is to conduct a cross-cutting examination of the use of performance measures, work requirements, and child support requirements among human services programs that include a focus on promoting self-sufficiency.
Evaluating the Summer Food for Children Household-Based Demonstrations
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.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Pilots Evaluation
This evaluation is testing innovative strategies for increasing employment and earnings among SNAP participants and reducing their dependence on SNAP and other public assistance programs. The study was mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Assessment of Nutrition Assistance Program Administration, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
We analyzed the Commonwealth's employment and training programs to understand what changes would need to be made to conform to SNAP and estimated administrative costs.