Using benefit-cost analysis to assess child abuse prevention and intervention programs

Child Welfare. May-Jun 1999;78(3):381-407.

Abstract

Benefits and costs are discussed when child abuse prevention and intervention programs are proposed and evaluated, but systemic benefit-cost analysis as developed by economists has not been applied to such programs. This article presents the case for using benefit-cost analysis to structure evaluations of child abuse prevention and intervention programs. It presents the basic concept of benefit-cost analysis, its application in the context of assessing these types of child welfare programs, and limitations on its application to social service programs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Work / economics*