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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30014

Title: Evaluations that consider the cost of educational programs: The contribution of high quality studies
Authors: Ross, John A.
Barkaoui, Khalid
Scott, Garth
Keywords: Cost studies
Program evaluation
Program costs
Program benefits
Program improvement
Program effectiveness
Effect size
Academic achievement
Student achievement
What Works Clearinghouse
Cost-utility analysis
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Ross, J. A., Barkaoui, K., & Scott, G. (2007). Evaluations that consider the cost of educational programs: The contribution of high quality studies. American Journal of Evaluation, 28(4), 477-492. doi:10.1177/1098214007307942
Abstract: Cost studies are program evaluations that judge program worth by relating program costs to program benefits. There are three sets of strategies: cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analysis, although the last appears infrequently. We searched relevant databases to identify 102 cost studies in education and then reduced the set to 30 using eight criteria. We found that these studies contributed to understanding program effects by meeting the four evaluation purposes identified by Mark et al. (2000). Cost studies (1) provide evidence of the worth of educational spending at the macro and individual program levels, information that is not provided by other evaluation approaches; (2) they provide direction for program improvement that differs from recommendations based solely on effect sizes; (3) they contribute to knowledge development by constructing and testing models that link spending to student learning; and (4) they can lead to the rewriting of regulations to make programs more efficient.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30014
ISSN: 1098-2140 [print]
1557-0878 [online]
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