Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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(50) Adding Costs to Make Your Evaluation More Impactful (and Better Used): Cost-Effectiveness, Cost-Benefit, Cost-Utility Analyses for Health and Human Services

Session Number: 50
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Brian T Yates, Ph.D. [Professor - American University]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Washington 3

Theme: Select one
Audience Level: Beginner
Learning Outcomes (PD Workshops): ...what a "cost study" is and can be. More specifically, how to recognize, interpret, and use findings from basic analyses of cost, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility...to design and conduct basic evaluations that include costs of programs as well as the monetary and other universal outcomes resulting from programs, including how to communicate findings from cost-inclusive evaluation in simple graphs...to recognize and avoid or recover from pitfalls common in cost-inclusive evaluations, including political and ethical problems...to anticipate, understand reasons for, and work with resistance to cost-inclusive evaluation
Facilitation Experience (PD Workshops): Brian Yates is a tenured full Professor in the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington, DC, where he began working as an Assistant Professor in 1976. Dr. Yates has published or has had accepted for publication 88 articles and book chapters plus 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic evaluation and improvement of human services. Dr. Yates has conducted Resources ? Activities ? Process ? Outcome Analysis (RAPOA) for human service enterprises and research initiatives in prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance abuse and suicide, and in treatment of opiate, cocaine, and alcohol addictions, residential programs for urban youth and for mentally retarded adults, and consumer-operated services. He wrote a manual for helping substance abuse treatment programs measure, report, and improve their cost, cost-effectiveness, and cost-benefit, was published in 1999 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Yates consults regularly on a variety of federally funded projects in health, alcohol and drug addiction, media-based substance abuse prevention, mental health services for children and families, and multi-site studies of the costs, benefits, cost-effectiveness, and cost-benefit of adding consumer-operated services to traditional mental health services, and of new accreditation procedures for opioid treatment programs.

Session Abstract (150 words):  Evaluating the costs of programs – to consumers as well as providers and taxpayers – can the missing link between doing an evaluation and doing an evaluation that gets funded, that gets used, and that gets policy changed. Evaluating the monetary outcomes (aka “benefits”) of programs, such as reduced client use of health services and increased client productivity and income, can help influence funders in particular. So can calculating the cost per Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) added by a program. Incorporating consumer, provider, and funder costs into cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and a cost-utility analyses are a few more steps, as are Social Return On Investment (SROI) estimates. You will finish this workshop knowing what "cost studies" all too often are, and what cost-inclusive evaluation can be. Examples from real evaluations of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and health as well as mental health services, are used throughout.


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