An Assessment of the Roles and Effectiveness of Community-Based Organizations in SNAP
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This paper presents the results of a recently completed study of the Community Partner Interviewer Demonstration projects. The study sought to determine whether the use of CBOs to conduct SNAP interviews influenced program outcomes, such as efficiency, payment accuracy, and customer satisfaction. Findings were based on semistructured interviews with participating state SNAP directors and CBO directors, site visits, a customer satisfaction survey, and analysis of SNAP administrative data from participating states.
Perceived successes of the demonstration projects included improved program access, better customer service, and increased customer satisfaction, according to SNAP and CBO workers. Results of a customer satisfaction survey indicated SNAP participants who were interviewed by a CBO worker were more satisfied with the customer service they received than participants who were interviewed through a SNAP office or SNAP call center. Efficiency and payment accuracy results were mixed when comparing CBO applications to SNAP office applications. In three of four states, CBO applications had higher approval rates than SNAP office applications. Two of four states had shorter application processing times and better timeliness rates for CBO applications than regular applications.
- FNS SNAP CBO FinalReport Jan 27 2015.pdf (17588.5KB)