Making an Economic Case
Find resources for educating the community about the costs associated with child abuse and neglect and the benefits and cost effectiveness of child abuse and neglect prevention efforts.
With limited funding available for human service programs, it becomes increasingly important to establish the value of preventing child abuse and neglect. Accurate information on costs and outcomes of programs, as provided in economic analyses, can help prevention programs make their case to funders and policy makers.
Economic analyses can help answer the questions:
- What is the economic impact of child abuse and neglect on our community?
- How much money can be saved by preventing child abuse and neglect?
- Which prevention programs help the most, for the least amount of money?
An analysis that only deals with dollars and cents can never fully convey the devastating impact of child abuse and neglect on children and families. Nor can economic analysis replace program evaluation, which assesses whether or not programs are effective in achieving their intended outcomes. However, economic analyses can help key stakeholders understand the toll of child abuse and neglect on society and demonstrate that prevention programs represent a cost-effective use of limited resources.
Making the Case: Why Prevention Matters
Prevent Child Abuse America (2011)
Presents several papers that review changes in the field of child abuse prevention that have led to improved child health and well-being and discuss ways to sustain support for prevention.
The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention
Fang, Brown, Florence, & Mercy
Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(2), 2012
Presents new estimates of the average lifetime costs per child maltreatment victim and aggregate lifetime costs for all new child maltreatment cases incurred in 2008 using an incidence-based approach.