Provides support for child welfare service providers and evaluators interested in conducting cost analyses, especially as part of broader evaluations of child welfare services. Offers a framework for integrating cost analysis into program evaluations, which supports successful implementation of cost analysis and produces a fuller understanding of the programs or services studied. Presents key principles and concepts in cost analysis and provides guidance for defining the scope and purpose of a cost analysis and determining the information needed to conduct it. Explains steps in conducting a cost analysis and describes the advantages and disadvantages of specific methods for collecting and analyzing cost data.

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