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Linking Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis in Criminal Justice: A Practical Introduction

Meeting Description:

Before you start a cost-benefit analysis of a criminal justice policy or program, you need to know: does that initiative work?  What’s its impact on crime, justice system operations, or other outcomes? Information on the effectiveness of a policy or program is key to conducting a credible CBA, and reliable evaluations provide that information.

Elizabeth Drake from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and Valerie Levshin from the Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit at the Vera Institute of Justice will explain how evaluation results are linked to cost-benefit calculations and review the different approaches to evaluating criminal justice initiatives.  Meta-analysis – a method to examine what existing research and evaluations show about programs and policies – will be discussed in detail, with illustrations of its use in WSIPP’s cost-benefit studies.

This training is ideally suited for people interested in meta-analysis and/or conducting cost-benefit studies of criminal justice programs and policies.  Please note that the focus will be on evaluation and cost-benefit concepts and will not delve into specifics about data or calculations.

Space is limited, so please register early.

The webinar is sponsored by the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB), a project of the Vera Institute of Justice funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. For more information about cost-benefit analysis and to register for alerts about future webinars and other resources from CBKB, please contact 

Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2011
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (A Vera Institute Project)
 Presenter Information
Elizabeth Drake, Senior Research Associate, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
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Valerie Levshin, Policy Analyst, Vera Institute of Justice
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