Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Interventions that Improve High School Completion

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Interventions that Improve High School Completion

Issue/Topic: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention); High School
Author(s): Belfield, Clive; Bowden, A.; Cheng, Henan; Hanisch-Cerda, Barbara; Hollands, Fiona; Levin, Henry; Pan, Yilin; Shand, Robert
Organization(s): Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication: Teachers College, Columbia University
Published On: 1/1/2012

With 6% of GDP being spent on education in the United States, it is important to evaluate which educational strategies are effective and use resources most judiciously.

To describe the tool of cost-effectiveness analysis, to identify methodological challenges in its application, to present cost-effectiveness cost analyses of several programs, to demonstrate how cost-effectiveness comparisons can be used to inform decision-makers.


Policy Implications/Recommendations:

Research Design:
Cost-effectiveness analysis

Programs that improve high school completion: National Guard Youth Challenge (NGYC), Job Corps, JOBSTART, New Chance, Talent Search

Year data is from:
Late 1990s to 2012


Data Collection and Analysis:
Authors took five programs identified as effective by the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse and compared their costs.

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