The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study provides data on a broad array of topics, including critical information about the food and nutrient content of school meals, the costs of school meals, the food environments in schools, and the contribution of school meals to children's overall diets.
- Systems development
- Data acquisition and cleaning
- Administrative data linking
- Analysis and reporting
- Food Security and Hunger
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Human Services
Nora Paxton has experience developing programming systems and leading teams of programmers to perform data acquisition and cleaning, administrative data linking, complex variable construction, analysis and reporting, and public use file creation and documentation.
Paxton is currently a senior systems analyst for various projects in the nutrition area, including the National Estimates of National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Erroneous Payments study for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Service. In particular, she leads the programming effort to produce estimates of erroneous payments for local education agencies. Paxton developed an innovative system to match sampled students to state-level Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families data files. For an evaluation of the Harlem Children’s Zone Healthy Harlem Initiative, she leads a team of programmers and oversees the processing and cleaning of survey, body mass index, and physical activity data. She also leads the Stata programming for pre-post and difference-in-differences analyses, which includes multiple comparison adjustments for outcomes within defined domains.
Paxton came to Mathematica in 2000 and holds a B.A. in economics and an M.A. in public affairs and politics from Rutgers University.
The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS)
Estimating Improper Payments for School Meal Programs: Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification II (APEC)
Using data from school year 2012-2013, APEC-II produced updated estimates of improper payments, including for districts and schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision.
Improving Children's Diets: Evaluation of the Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables Pilot
A new initiative allowed high-need, low-income elementary schools to offer canned, frozen, or dried fruits and vegetables to promote greater flexibility in implementing the USDA's fresh fruit and vegetable program for the 2014-15 school year. Mathematica is evaluating the implementation and impacts....
Evaluation of the Harlem Children's Zone Healthy Harlem Initiative
The Healthy Harlem initiative is a model for promoting healthy lifestyles in the charter schools, early childhood programs, and afterschool programs operated by the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ). Mathematica's evaluation includes both an implementation/process study and an impact study.