Rick Edwards

Special Issue

Understanding Ecc Evaluations: A Guide for Health and Human Services

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1-23

There is a growing interest in the use of ecc methods to evaluate our investments in public and charitable sector programming. Calculating the costs and consequences of differing interventions provides new and better information on the relative cost effectiveness of competing alternatives. More commonly used to consider and evaluate health options, ecc evaluations are equally useful in prevention programs and community based services. This article reviews the potential application of ecc evaluations, describes the basic methodologies that are used, and discusses some of the best strategies for disseminating results. Providing a balanced perspective on the methodological limitations, the article encourages evaluators and program sponsors to carefully consider the use of ecc evaluation in their field.