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J.B. Wogan is the host of On the Evidence, a Mathematica podcast that examines what we know about today’s most urgent challenges and how we can make progress in addressing them. He has written about policy and politics—primarily at the state and local level—for Governing magazine, PolitiFact, the Seattle Times and the Sammamish Review. He is also the coauthor of a short book about innovation in local government called Peak Performance: How Denver’s Peak Academy is Saving Money, Boosting Morale and Just Maybe Changing the World. (And How You Can, Too!)
High-Intensity Care Management Program Shows Promise for Reducing Hospital Use and Spending for Super Utilizers
Recently published findings from an evaluation conducted by researchers at Mathematica found that a high-intensity care management program modeled on the Camden model led to substantial reductions in short-term service use and spending for a small group of super utilizers in four states.
SNAP Benefits Would Decrease Substantially for Some Households Receiving Energy Assistance Under Certain Provisions of House Farm Bill, But Increase Modestly for Working Households
This analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, estimates the effects of changing how public agencies take into account utility expenses and earnings when calculating SNAP benefits.
Study Documents Purchasing, Consumption Impacts of Philadelphia’s Sweetened Beverage Tax
New research reported in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper finds that, after roughly one year, Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages did not substantially reduce children’s consumption of such beverages overall.
Philadelphia’s Tax on Sweetened Beverages Raises Prices of Taxed Products and Affects Product Availability
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in Philadelphia are passing the full amount of the city’s beverage tax on to consumers, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper.
Cast Your Vote for Mathematica’s SXSW Panel Submissions
Through the end of August, the conference is inviting members of the public to vote on proposed panels, including nine submitted by Mathematica for the SXSW EDU Program and the Cities, Government & Politics Track.