Cost-Benefit Analysis For PCCD's Evidence-Based Initiatives

Since 2008 Penn State's Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the EPISCenter have been working with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to show how investing in evidence-based programs can pay off in better outcomes and costs savings for our communities.

The Economic Return on PCCD's Investment in Research-based Programs (Jones et al, 2008)

Results First Initiative (2017-2019)

In 2017 a new partner, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiaitive joined this effort.  Through this new partnership it was possible to establish a Pennsylvania specific cost-benefit model.  Previous efforts had relied on the Washington State Institute of Public Policy model, which is based on Washington's population and systems data.  The final report from the efforts of this partnership was completed in the spring of 2019 and is shared below.

Cost-Benefit Analysis For PCCD's Evidence-Based Initiatives:
Investing in Effective Programs to Improve Lives and Save Tax Payer Dollars

Three report versions available

Using Washington State's Institute of Public Policy to Calculate Local Cost Benefit

Pennsylvania providers can utilize the WSIPP econometric model to estimate cost benefit for some evidence-based programs using this resource:

Calculating Cost/Benefit for Evidence-Based Programs
Learn how to perform a cost-benefits analysis for your evidence based program and leverage these persuasive economic outcomes when communicating with potential funders and stakeholders.