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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2014. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18708.
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Appendix B


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Objective

The objective of the workshop is to highlight the issues on finding consensus on the standards for benefit-cost analysis of preventive interventions for children, youth, and families.

DAY 1: November 18, 2013

10:15 am–10:30 am

Welcome and Introduction

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Committee Chair, Columbia University

10:30 am–11:30 am

Session 1: Overview of Benefit-Cost Analyses of Preventive Interventions for Children

Speakers:

Margaret Kuklinski, University of Washington, Seattle

Charles Michalopoulos, MDRC

Session Moderator:

Janet Currie, Princeton University

11:30 am–12:45 pm

Session 2: Costing Interventions

Speakers:

Henry Levin, Columbia University

Max Crowley, Duke University

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2014. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18708.
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Session Moderator:

Jorge Delva, University of Michigan

1:45 pm–3:00 pm

Session 3: Valuing Outcomes of Intervention

Speakers:

Steve Aos, Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Damon Jones, The Pennsylvania State University

Session Moderator:

Roseanne Flores, Hunter College, CUNY

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

Session 4: Standards of Rigor for Program Evaluations

Speakers:

Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Cook, Northwestern University

Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

Session Moderator:

J. David Hawkins, University of Washington, Seattle

4:30 pm–4:45 pm

Recap of Day 1

Session Moderator:

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Committee Chair, Columbia University

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2014. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18708.
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DAY 2: November 19, 2013

9:00 am–10:15 am

Session 5: Other BCA Standards

Speakers:

Richard Zerbe, University of Washington, Seattle

Anirban Basu, University of Washington, Seattle

Lynn Karoly, RAND Corporation

Session Moderator:

Melanie Lutenbacher, Vanderbilt University

10:30 am–11:45 am

Session 6: Translating Results to Inform Policy and Practice

Speakers:

Jacqueline Jones, Independent Consultant, Formerly of U.S. Department of Education and New Jersey Department of Education

Linda Smith, Administration for Children and Families

Kathy Stack, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Session Moderator:

Gary VanLandingham, Pew Center on the States

12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Session 7: Concluding Thoughts (Roundtable Discussion)

Session Moderator:

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Committee Chair, Columbia University

Discussants:

Janet Currie, Princeton University

Jorge Delva, University of Michigan

Roseanne Flores, Hunter College, CUNY

J. David Hawkins, University of Washington, Seattle

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2014. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18708.
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Melanie Lutenbacher, Vanderbilt University

Gary VanLandingham, Pew Center on the States

1:30 pm

Adjourn Workshop Day 2

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2014. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18708.
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Benefit-cost analyses hold great promise for influencing policies related to children, youth, and families. By comparing the costs of preventive interventions with the long-term benefits of those interventions, benefit-cost analysis provides a tool for determining what kinds of investments have the greatest potential to reduce the physical, mental, and behavioral health problems of young people. More generally, the growth of benefit-cost analysis as a field of research and practice represents an exciting and promising trend in the development and implementation of public policies.

The utility of benefit-cost analyses has been limited by a lack of uniformity in the methods and assumptions underlying these studies. For years, those who perform and those who use benefit-cost analyses have argued that the development and use of theoretical, technical, and reporting standards for benefit-cost analyses would enhance the validity of results, increase comparability across studies, and accelerate the progress of the field.

Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families is the summary of a workshop convened by the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council in November 2013 as the first phase of a possible two-part effort directed toward guiding future benefit-cost studies and enhancing the relevance of benefit-cost analysis to governments and other organizations wanting to make sound prevention decisions. The workshop brought together leading practitioners in the field, researchers who study the methodological and analytic dimensions of benefit-cost analysis, and representatives of organizations that use the results of benefit-cost analyses to shape and implement public policies. This report discusses a wide range of issues about benefit-cost analysis, including the level of research rigor that should be met before results from an evaluation are used to estimate or predict outcomes in a cost-benefit analysis; best practices and methodologies for costing prevention interventions; prevention outcomes that currently lend themselves to monetization; processes and methodologies that should be used when linking prevention outcomes to avoided costs or increased revenues; and best methods for handling risk and uncertainty in estimates.

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