Qualitative cost-benefit evaluation of complex, emergent programs

Rogers, P, Stevens, K and Boymal, J 2009, 'Qualitative cost-benefit evaluation of complex, emergent programs', Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 83-90.

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Title Qualitative cost-benefit evaluation of complex, emergent programs
Author(s) Rogers, P
Stevens, K
Boymal, J
Year 2009
Journal name Evaluation and Program Planning
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 90
Total pages 8
Publisher Pergamon
Abstract This paper discusses a methodology used for a qualitative cost-benefit evaluation of a complex, emergent program. Complex, emergent programs, where implementation varies considerably over time and across sites to respond to local needs and opportunities, present challenges to conventional methods for cost-benefit evaluation. Such programs are characterized by: ill-defined boundaries of what constitutes the intervention, and hence the resources used; non-standardized procedures; differing short-term outcomes across projects, even within the same long-term goals; and outcomes that are the result of multiple factors and co-production, making counter-factual approaches to attribution inadequate and the use of standardized outcome measures problematic. The paper discusses the advantages and limitations of this method and its implications for cost-benefit evaluation of complex programs.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Community capacity building
Cost-benefit analysis
Economic evaluation
Qualitative methods
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2008.08.005
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ISSN 0149-7189
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