Cost-Inclusive Evaluation: Examples from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Session Number: 1103
Track: Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: cost-inclusive evaluation, Program monitoring and evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Brian T Yates, Ph.D. [Professor - American University]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
Room: Skyway 283

Audience Level: Beginner

Session Abstract: 

Evaluating the costs of programs is the missing link between doing a superficial evaluation and doing an evaluation that gets changes made and funding delivered. Evaluating the monetary outcomes of programs can help, too. And, once you've measured costs and perhaps benefits, adding cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analyses to your evaluation is just a few more steps. There is a bit more to it than that — but this is where this skill-building workshop can really help! You will finish this workshop knowing what "cost studies" all too often are, and what cost-inclusive evaluation can and should be. You will see how evaluations that include resources used the program, plus resources generated by the program, can help programs flourish. In addition, you will understand the basic tools for conducting and using several forms of cost-inclusive evaluation in your program and in your decisions.