Cost-Benefit Studies

Jones, D., Bumbarger, B., Greenberg, M., Greenwood, P., & Kyler, S. (2008). The economic return on PCCD's research-based programs: A cost-benefit assessment of delinquency prevention in Pennsylvania. University Park: Pennsylvania State University.

This report considers the cost-effectiveness potential for seven research-based programs funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). These programs are highlighted because they represent the bulk of the PCCD's investment in prevention programming and because there are existing longitudinal data on program outcomes from which cost-benefit estimates can be derived. In addition to the positive outcomes related to the prevention and reduction of juvenile delinquency, significant fiscal cost savings may also be realized through the use of research-based prevention programs. The report shows that Pennsylvania will benefit a potential $16 million return on investment for its implementation the LifeSkills Training (LST) program. The low cost and wide reach of the LST program yields a return on investment of more than $25 for each dollar invested. Of the seven research-based programs funded by the PCCD, the LST program showed the highest per dollar return on investment.

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