Project: Food Security Measurement Expert Review Panel Study
Award Year: 2003
Amount of award, fiscal 2003: $230,000.00
Institution: Committee on National Statistics
Principal Investigator: Connie Citro
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: In the 1990s a Federal interagency working group developed a food security survey module to measure conditions and behaviors in U.S. households that face challenges in putting enough food on the table. A substantial body of survey data has been collected and used to conduct research on food security and hunger. Food security items have been included in several national surveys. In particular, the Current Population Survey (CPS) has added the Food Security Supplement on one of its monthly surveys every year since 1995. USDA uses the CPS data to monitor food security in the United States and publish an annual report. Objectives of the Food and Nutrition Service's 2000-2005 Strategic Plan make use of statistics based on the CPS data. At this ten-year anniversary of the inception of food security measurement, this project supports an examination by an expert panel of the appropriateness of the current conceptualization, methods, and procedures that underlie food security statistics. The panel will consider various recommendations to enhance these methods for monitoring, evaluation, and related research purposes. The study is designed in two phases. Phase I of the study, funded in fiscal 2003, will convene a panel of experts and hold an initial workshop. Phase II is to consider the conceptualization and methods for measuring food insecurity and make recommendations to enhance such methods for monitoring, evaluation, and related research purposes.
Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Food Security
National Research Council. Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure. Committee on National Statistics, Panel to Review the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Measurement of Food Insecurity and Hunger, G. Wunderlich and J. Norwood, eds., Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2006.
National Research Council. Measuring Food Insecurity and Hunger: Phase 1 Report, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2005.