St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
With decreasing public funds and increasing accountability, Extension staff may be asked
to justify programs as to the economic benefit they provide. This involves employing a costbenefit
analysis to the program and its outcomes. This is often reported in terms of money
saved but can be more challenging to apply to family and human development programs
where the program benefits are not as easily quantified. An example is the Parents Forever
program, a court ordered divorce education program which teaches parents how divorce
impacts their children and skills for parenting to prevent negative impact such as juvenile
delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropouts, etc. Using the Parents Forever program as an
example, this poster will address: 1) definition and rationale for conducting a cost-benefit
analysis (CBA), 2) critical indicators determining both direct and indirect program costs, 3)
identifying and monetizing both tangible and intangible benefits, 4) important aspects of
analyzing cost and benefits including “sensitivity analyses,” and 5) lessons learned in the
process of the cost-benefit analysis of the program.
Tralle, Minnell; McCann, Ellie; Marczak, Mary; Da'ar, Omar.
Cost Benefit Analysis of Extension Family Programs Using Parents Forever as a Model.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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