Between 2018 and 2023, HPRIL partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service working to answer the question: Will eligible families participate in WIC longer if we improve services with new tools, more specifically will eligible children come back to WIC for recertification within 14 months (retention)?
HPRIL funded and provided support to five local WIC agency projects over an 18-month time period. Projects focused primarily on using WIC management information systems (MIS), WIC’s participant information databases, to help identify children at risk for not returning to the program, identify service gaps, and evaluate the impact of selected innovative tools on retention. Collectively, the goal was to effectively demonstrate how local agencies could use existing WIC data collection and monitoring tools to target and monitor child retention efforts, a practice that can be scaled nationally.
These agencies were chosen through a competitive RFP process, where HPRIL provided financial assistance to funded agencies for strengthening their implementation and evaluation plans and providing technical assistance and building local agency capacities throughout the project. HPRIL also evaluated impacts across all the projects, compiling training and technical assistance materials for other local WIC agencies to utilize beyond the project.