MSG is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to evaluate the WIC data collection process. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supports the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC). WIC provides grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Recent changes in WIC have highlighted the need to ensure that FNS and its partners have the information necessary for program management, performance assessment, and related health and nutrition reporting. MSG will work with FNS to evaluate the WIC data collection efforts and make recommendations for improving processes and procedures. Over the course of 18 months, MSG will assess WIC State agency management information systems, the types of data collections that WIC agencies are already engaged in, and the ways that information is being used. In addition, MSG will facilitate a task force of subject matter experts to identify potential changes in the data elements reported, the frequency of data reporting, possible new research efforts, and the timing of those efforts.
MSG is committed to helping government agencies improve critical programs such as WIC. Said Dan Geller, MSG's Director of Research and Evaluation, “Our company strongly believes in the mission of the WIC Program, and we are proud to be contributing to the efficient distribution of resources to women and children in need."