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Measuring and Building Public Value of Health Intervention Programs

Date: October 14, 2014

1:00 PM EDT

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During this webinar tools and methods for evaluating community or regional level health interventions will be discussed. Interventions targeted at improving citizen health outcomes require public expenditure, and thus it is natural to use the cost-benefit analysis framework to evaluate the efficacy of such programs. The webinar will cover how cost-benefit tools can be used to assess health intervention programs with particular attention being given to the notion of public value. The benefits of a given intervention may extend beyond the direct recipient of the intervention. For example, if a drug addiction assistance program empowers a mother to rehabilitate, the benefits extend to the child, and in turn to the general public; research shows that a neglected child (due to parental drug addiction) is far more likely to perform poorly in school and is less likely to become a productive member of society, and the odds are much greater that the child will serve prison time in adulthood. We will cover approaches to credibly embed public value in our evaluation of health intervention programs.  

Presented by Mark Skidmore. Mark is a professor of economics at Michigan State University, where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado in 1994, and his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1987. He currently serves as Co-editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs and is a Visiting Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Professor Skidmore has expertise in public finance and urban/regional economics.