Scott Cody

Vice President and Director of Human Services Research, Mathematica Policy Research

Scott Cody is vice president and director of Program and Policy Experts in Mathematica’s Data Analytics Division. He is a national expert in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). He led the first major in-depth study of state efforts to modernize enrollment procedures for programs like SNAP, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid. His research also has examined the determinants of SNAP participation. He led an impact evaluation of efforts to increase program participation among the elderly, and multiple studies to identify the circumstances that lead individuals to enter and exit SNAP. Cody played a central role in adapting Mathematica’s SNAP policy simulation model to reflect major changes in program policy. In addition to research on SNAP, Cody is the deputy director of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). The WWC is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The WWC assesses the quality of thousands of studies of education curricula, practices, and policies, and then summarizes the findings of well-designed studies in reports for educators, policymakers, and the general public. Cody holds a master’s in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University.