The costs and benefits of Sure Start Local Programmes

Pamela Meadows

in The National Evaluation of Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303909 | DOI:
The costs and benefits of Sure Start Local Programmes

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This chapter discusses the underlying principles of economic evaluation of social interventions, and briefly considers the difference between cost-effectiveness evaluation and cost-benefit analysis. It describes the relationship between the NESS cost-effectiveness work and related aspects of the evaluation. The chapter includes discussions about which costs should be taken into account in addition to the expenditure of SSLPs themselves and how they might be measured, an overview of the expenditure of SSLPs, as well as factors related to expenditure levels. It concludes by highlighting issues that will need to be considered once the longitudinal impact data become available.

Keywords: economic evaluation; social interventions; cost-effectiveness evaluation; cost-benefit analysis; cost-effectiveness work; SSLPs; expenditure levels; longitudinal impact data

Chapter.  5942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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