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NCJ Number: NCJ 246352     Find in a Library
Title: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis for Justice Policymaking
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Christian Henrichson
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2014
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This paper discusses what to look for in a justice-related cost benefit analysis (CBA), what cost-benefit results mean, and how use those results to inform decisions.
Abstract: This paper provides information to help people make sense of justice CBAs even if they have little interest or expertise in examining the details of a cost-benefit study. Written for a broad range of readers, including elected officials and their staff, policymakers, justice agency personnel, and service providers, this paper draws on the experience of policymakers and practitioners, as well as CBA experts and researchers, to explain what CBA is, how it’s applied to justice policies and programs, and how it differs from other economic tools; how to assess the overall strengths and weaknesses of a cost-benefit study; what potential pitfalls to avoid when interpreting cost-benefit results; what information beyond the bottom-line results to pay attention to in a CBA; and how CBA fits within larger policy, planning, and decisionmaking processes. Figures, resources, and appendix
Main Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis ; Decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Management ; Leadership ; Management by objectives ; Police management ; Criminal justice research ; Correlation analysis ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-MU-BX-K029
Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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