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Framework for the cost benefit analysis of the NSW Department of Community Services Brighter Futures Program. CHERE Working Paper 2009/4

Kees van Gool (), Marion Haas, Gisselle Gallego, Wadad Tannous () and Ilan Katz
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Abstract: Brighter Futures is the NSW DOCS early intervention program targeting children aged 0 to 8. The program is designed to ?support pregnant women and families with young children aged 0-8 years who require long-term support (up to two years) by a range of services. The program gives particular priority to those families with children under three years.? (Department of Community Services, 2007). To be able to access the Brighter Futures program, parents must also have a vulnerability that is likely to worsen if not addressed with the services and support available to the parents and children which include home visits, quality children?s services and a parenting program (Department of Community Services, 2007). A Consortium led by the Social Policy Research Centre, and including the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS and Pamela Meadows from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, has been commissioned to undertake the evaluation of all aspects of the program. An important component of the evaluation process is economic evaluation. This paper is set out as follows; Section 2 provides a brief introduction to economic appraisal in relation to the Brighter Futures program and sets out the links between the envisaged cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) and cost benefit analysis (CBA). It also outlines the broad challenges faced when undertaking economic appraisals in the field of program such as Brighter Futures. Section 3 sets out a methodological framework for undertaking the CBA of the Brighter Futures program, including methods for addressing key evaluation challenges and Section 4 outlines the main tasks for the CBA work.

Keywords: ealry intervention; Brighter Futures; economic evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-08
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