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Cost-Effectiveness at Quarter Century


by Henry M. Levin 1991

The purpose of this chapter is to explore some of the issues that have arisen over the last quarter of a century with respect to cost-effectiveness in educational evaluation. Cost-effectiveness analysis represents a policy-oriented dimension of evaluation in that it considers both the costs and educational merits of different alternatives in order to assist in selecting the one that has the lowest costs relative to results. Most evaluation techniques focus only on the effectiveness or process of implementation of alternatives without considering costs. Yet, decision makers are always faced with constrained resources. Cost-effectiveness analysis is designed to assist decision makers in obtaining the most favorable outcome for any given budget or other resource base.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 90, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 6, 1991, p. 188-209
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18893, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 12:54:42 PM

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  • Henry Levin
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    HENRY M. LEVIN is the William H Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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