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Christopher W. Logan

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Christopher W. Logan Christopher W. Logan
Christopher W. Logan is a principal investigator for studies of school meal costs and quality, the nationwide expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision for school meals, and the integrity of the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). He also leads development of new business in the U.S. food assistance market for Abt Associates.

During his 30 years at Abt, he has also been a project quality advisor, project director, sub‑study director, deputy project director, and task team leader.

Logan has led studies of program implementation and quality, benefit usage, program impacts, administrative costs, and erroneous payments. He is a recognized national expert in U.S. food assistance programs and has decades of experience in the study of pilot and demonstration programs. He has developed or overseen development of a broad range of data collection instruments, from semi structured in-depth executive interviews to surveys of agencies and participants. He has presented research extensively at USDA-FNS, USDA research conferences, APPAM, and the School Nutrition Association.

As co-principal investigator of the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study, Logan is guiding the analysis of how school meal costs have changed since the adoption of new standards for healthy school meals. This study uses an innovative methodology for measuring the cost of school meals which Logan helped develop and implement in the Meal Cost Methodology Study and the School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Studies I and II. He is adapting this methodology for the first national study of meal costs in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, as part of the Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings (SNACS).

Logan has led the benefit use data collection and analysis for the Evaluation of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children. He was a co-recipient of Abt’s Daniel Bell award in 2013 for outstanding social science research for his work on the design, analysis and execution of this evaluation. This work builds on Logan’s long experience with studies of the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) for food assistance. For the Healthy Incentives Pilot Evaluation, he led the cost study and co-led the implementation study and the benefit usage data collection and analysis.

Logan holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University. 
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Expertise

  • Program implementation and promising practices studies
  • Research design and management
  • Program performance and integrity measurement
  • Quasi-experimental studies
  • Cost and cost/benefit analysis
  • Database construction and analysis with Access, SAS
  • Simulation models for cost analysis
  • Electronic benefit transfer data analysis




Key Projects



Selected Publications

  • With Ann Collins, Ronette Briefel, Jacob Klerman, and others; “Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: Evaluation Findings for the Third Implementation Year,” Alexandria, Va.: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support. Project Officer: Chan Chanhatasilpa, November 2014.
  • With Susan Bartlett, Jacob Klerman, Parke Wilde, Lauren Olsho, Michelle Blocklin, Marianne Beauregard, and Ayesha Enver; “Evaluation of the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) Final Report,” Alexandria, Va.: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support. Project Officer, Danielle Berman, September 2014.
  • With Patty Connor, Eleanor L. Harvill, and others. “Community Eligibility Provision Evaluation Final Report,” Alexandria, Va.: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis. Project Officer, John Endahl. February 2014.
  • With Frederic B. Glantz, Carissa Climaco, Anne St. George, Elizabeth Giardino, Marina Komarovsky, and Vinh Tran; “School Foodservice Indirect Cost Study,” Alexandria, VA: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support. Project Officer, John Endahl, March 2014.
  • With Michelle Woodford and K.P. Srinath; “Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Assessment of Sponsor Tiering Determinations,” 2010. Alexandria, VA: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis. Project Officer, Fred Lesnett, September 2011.
  • With Maura Pillsbury; “Feasibility of Wider Implementation of Direct Verification With Medicaid,” Alexandria, VA: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis. Project Officer: Sheku G. Kamara, Ph.D. October 2010.
  • With Jacob Alex Klerman; “Feasibility of Assessing Causes of State Variation in Food Stamp Program Administrative Costs: Final Report,” Alexandria, VA: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis. Project Officer: Jenny Laster Genser. September 2008.
  • With Susan Bartlett and Frederic Glantz; “School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Study II: Final Report,” Alexandria, VA: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, ORNA. Project Officer, John Endahl. April 2008.