Well-designed programs for disadvantaged children return more to society in benefits than they cost by enabling youngsters to lead more successful lives and be less dependent on future government assistance. Savings can range from $1.26 to $17 for each $1 spent on the programs.
In the fall of 2000, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to evaluate the implementation and impact of MH/SA parity benefits in terms of access, utilization, cost, and quality of care. The findings of this evaluation are reported in the attached report.
This essay examines the difficulties of evaluating technological and behavioral innovations while they are still being developed, that is, the interim evaluation of ongoing innovation programs. The major recommendations warn against a premature relia...
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Education B.S. in computational biology (computer science), Brown University; M.S. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School