What’s in WIC Research to Practice? Each edition will have a Hot Topic where we ’ll explore how different state and local agencies are addressing pressing issues through innovative research. We will also have a WIC Researcher Spotlight where we will highlight the research experience of a WIC staff. Finally we want to keep you in the loop on opportunities to learn from and share new research, so we’ve put together a calendar of conferences and calls for abstracts. Before jumping into the Hot Topic and WIC Researcher Spotlight, we want to share with you or perhaps reintroduce you to the NWA Research Needs Assessment.
Past Editions of WIC Research to Practice:
The NWA Research Needs Assessment for WIC is developed and updated periodically by the NWA Evaluation Committee. Much research has been done on the WIC program and the benefits that it provides to the nation's low-income and nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. It is our hope that this brief document will be a valuable resource for graduate students and research professionals planning to conduct WIC-related research or looking for studies that address the benefits of the program.
WIC is one of the most researched federal nutrition programs. There are often multiple stakeholders involved in a WIC research project such as a government agency, contractor, university research department, local WIC agency, state WIC agency and/or WIC participants. Depending on the scale of the research, planning, conducting and communicating a WIC research project can be complex. NWA has published some basic guidance designed to help researchers and those participating in research to get the most out of their project. The guidance was made with input from the both the WIC community and the research community.