Research

What we do
Crossroads strives to evaluate and measure its effectiveness by collecting data from our clients. 

Crossroads collects information from our clients upon their visit to our food pantry. This data is longitudinal, meaning that it’s been collected overtime and we can compare and evaluate our clients behavior. Clients also take surveys so that we can collect demographic, health, mental and emotional well-being, program participation, financial, and behavioral data from our clients.

With the assistance of the research partners below, this data is analyzed to better understand the broader impact among low-income populations. The unique nature of this data has even garnered interest from researchers in China and the United Kingdom.

Those interested in gaining access to Crossroads’ data should contact Jesse Kramer, Food Programs Manager at jkramer@ccsdallas.org or 214.560.2511, ext. 103.
By working with other organizations to conduct research projects, we hope to find innovative solutions to systemic problems in our community.

SNAP-AC

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The SNAP-AC Project seeks to help hungry North Texans eat healthier and more consistently by coordinating pantry visits with SNAP benefit distributions. We intend to change the context in which food budgeting decisions are made, in order to decrease diet and economic uncertainty among vulnerable food pantry clients.

Recent Research Publications

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Crossroads Community Services, in partnership with the Community Assistance Research (CARE) Team, presents a mode for Initiative Improving Access to Food for Food Bank Clients.

ClientCare Longitudinal Database

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Crossroads maintains a robust longitudinal database to support productive research collaborations aimed at improving our understanding of issues that affect Crossroads clients. Interested researchers should contact Jesse Kramer to learn how to gain access to this data resource.

Research Partnerships

The research conducted by our partners not only aims to improve the lives of those we serve, but offers them a voice in matters which directly affect their lives and the well-being of their families.

Dr. Tammy Leonard

University of North Texas

Behavioral Economics

Dr. Sandi Pruitt

UTSouthwestern Medical School

Social epidemiology and the health of vulnerable populations

Antonio Lopez

UTSouthwestern Medical School

Nutritional knowledge of SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) recipients

Robert Drake

UTSouthwestern Medical School

Emotion management

Behavioral Economics

Marc Jacobson

Baylor University

Texas Hunger Initiative