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The Children’s Bureau is pleased to announce the release of an important new resource: Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation

February 19, 2014

Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation:
A Guide for Child Welfare Researchers and Service Providers (2013)

Motivated by a growing need for accurate and comparable information about child welfare program costs and by the lack of a standard methodology for calculating costs across projects, CB brought together a group of experts. The result of their collaboration is a guide that demonstrates how cost analysis, when integrated with program evaluation, can promote a better understanding of key program components, implementation, and unit costs. 

The guide is relevant for multiple audiences, including program directors and evaluators, child welfare agency administrators, funders of research studies and evaluation projects, and other important stakeholders who rely on child welfare evaluation.

This publication will be accompanied by two brief videos on cost analysis in program evaluation.  The videos are part of a new Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series that will feature videos on key evaluation topics. The Summit Series will launch on the CB website on a rolling basis between late February and June 2014. Watch for announcements and check the CB website often for more information on new releases.

Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation: A Guide for Child Welfare Researchers and Service Providers is now available on the Children’s Bureau website:



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