Results for America
July 21, 2015
Promoting Economic Mobility Through Evidence-Based SNAP Innovations
To bring the lens of evidence to our nation’s nutrition policies, Results for America – in partnership with NYU Washington, DC – hosted a forum on promoting economic mobility through bipartisan, data-driven, evidence-based innovations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The event highlighted the data being collected and evidence that supports these interventions and identified innovations designed to:
• Increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers, particularly at local and regional retailers such as farmers’ markets; and
• Support community economic development and local agriculture.
A newly released report from the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture’s non-profit Mobile Markets saw sales of healthy, locally grown foods increase by 120 percent in low-food access neighborhoods in 2014. The increase in sales demonstrates a strong demand for healthy, fresh, affordable foods in predominantly low-income communities where access to traditional grocery stores is limited. Moreover, the report underscores the need for continued investment in SNAP and other food nutrition programs to be implemented based on the best evidence and data about what works.
Results for America also announced the addition of two new Non-Profit Moneyball for Government All-Stars. Pamela Hess, executive director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Yael Lehmann, executive director, The Food Trust were named to the bipartisan Moneyball for Government All-Star team for the their leadership in supporting efforts to invest in what works. As Non-Profit All-Stars, Hess and Lehmann agree that government at all levels, including local governments, should:
• Build evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;
• Invest limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; and
• Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.
The full list can be found on the Moneyball for Government All-Stars website.
About Results for America
Our mission: Results for America, founded in April 2012, will improve outcomes for young people, their families, and communities by shifting public resources toward practices, policies, and programs that use evidence and data to improve quality and get better results. Beyond scaling individual programs, Results for America seeks to drive broader systems-change so that “investing in what works” becomes the new norm for allocating public dollars.
Results for America is building on existing momentum at the federal, state, local and international levels, driving policy changes with a three-pronged strategy to:
Catalyze a strong, bi-partisan, cross-sector coalition of leaders who are strongly committed to an “invest in what works” policy agenda and are willing to use their time and resources to press government to use data and evidence to make better budget, policy, and management decisions;
Develop and advance policy ideas at all levels of government for how to implement an “invest in what works” approach; and
Supporting Government leaders who are committed to investing in “what works.”
Results for America has also launched Moneyball for Government, a campaign to encourage governments at all levels to increase their use of evidence and data when investing limited taxpayer dollars. By playing Moneyball, we can improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities. Visit the Moneyball for Government website.
In 2015, Results for America was selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to be the campaign manager for their new What Works Cities initiative to help 100 midsize U.S. cities better use data and evidence in decision making to improve outcomes for their citizens. This $42 million, three-year program will help mayors and local leaders use data to engage the public, make government more effective and improve people’s lives. Results for America will ensure a world-class experience for all What Works cities and advance a nationwide dialogue on the need to invest in what works. Learn more about What Works Cities.
The activities and accomplishments of Results for America have been made possible by the generous support of:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Melody Barnes, Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives, NYU; Results for America Senior Fellow; and, former White House Domestic Policy Council Director under President Obama - Moderator
Melody Barnes is Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives at New York University. Ms. Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company, the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Year Up. She also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. From January 2009 until January 2012, Ms. Barnes was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Prior to her service in the White House, Ms. Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank. From December 1995 until March 2003, Ms. Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003. Her experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as a Principal at the D.C.-based consulting firm, The Raben Group. Ms. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Ms. Barnes is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and in 1986, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1989. Ms. Barnes’ media appearances include This Week with George Stephanopoulos, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose and Morning Joe. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Marland Buckner.
Pamela Hess, Executive Director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.
Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, Ph. D. , Food Systems and Health Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Lindsey Haynes-Maslow is a food systems and health analyst in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Dr. Haynes-Maslow researches and advocates for policies that lead to a healthy, sustainable food and farming systems. As the program’s public health expert, Dr. Haynes-Maslow is an expert on the intersection between food systems, nutrition and public health, as well as the impact of government policies driving the food system.
Before joining UCS, Dr. Haynes-Maslow founded the Veggie Van Program, a program run by the nonprofit organization Community Nutrition Partnership. The Veggie Van Program sells affordable, fresh, local produce in low-income and underserved communities in North Carolina. The public health philosophy behind the Veggie Van Program focused on prevention: making healthy food affordable and accessible now will prevent diet-related chronic diseases in the future.
Dr. Haynes-Maslow has a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Masters in healthcare administration and a B.S. in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director, The Food Trust
John Weidman is the Deputy Executive Director of The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. He advocates for public policy change at the local, state and federal levels, and educates policy makers about the factors impacting the nutrition of lower-income people. John provides oversight for the organization’s national supermarket campaign and its regional farmers’ markets program, and led the effort to open Philadelphia’s Headhouse Farmers’ Market. John has 18 years of experience in public policy advocacy and nonprofit communications. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group.