At what cost? Examining the cost effectiveness of a universal social-emotional learning program

Leah J. Hunter, James C. DiPerna, Susan Crandall Hart, Max Crowley

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Abstract

Although implementation of universal social- emotional learning programs is becoming more common in schools, few studies have examined the cost-effectiveness of such programs. As such, the purpose of this article is two fold. First, we provide an overview of cost-effectiveness methods for school-based programs, and second, we share results of a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of a universal social- emotional learning (SEL) program, the Social Skills Improvement System-Classwide Intervention Program (SSIS-CIP; Elliott & Gresham, 2007). Specifically, we compared the cost-effectiveness of SSIS-CIP implementation across first- and second-grade classrooms, and results indicated that second grade is the more cost-effective option for implementing the SSIS-CIP. Several considerations are discussed regarding cost-effectiveness analysis of universal SEL programs as well as the importance of using CEA results to inform programming decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalSchool Psychology Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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