Prevention Science

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 789–798

Research Priorities for Economic Analyses of Prevention: Current Issues and Future Directions

  • D. Max Crowley
  • Laura Griner Hill
  • Margaret R. Kuklinski
  • Damon E. Jones

DOI: 10.1007/s11121-013-0429-z

Cite this article as:
Crowley, D.M., Hill, L.G., Kuklinski, M.R. et al. Prev Sci (2014) 15: 789. doi:10.1007/s11121-013-0429-z


In response to growing interest in economic analyses of prevention efforts, a diverse group of prevention researchers, economists, and policy analysts convened a scientific panel, on “Research Priorities in Economic Analysis of Prevention” at the 19th annual conference of the Society for Prevention Research. The panel articulated four priorities that, if followed in future research, would make economic analyses of prevention efforts easier to compare and more relevant to policymakers and community stakeholders. These priorities are: (1) increased standardization of evaluation methods, (2) improved economic valuation of common prevention outcomes, (3) expanded efforts to maximize evaluation generalizability and impact as well as (4) enhanced transparency and communicability of economic evaluations. In this paper, we define three types of economic analyses in prevention, provide context and rationale for these four priorities as well as related sub-priorities, and discuss the challenges inherent in meeting them.


Economic analysis Benefit–cost Economics of prevention Prevention efficiency 

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© Society for Prevention Research 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Max Crowley
    • 1
  • Laura Griner Hill
    • 2
  • Margaret R. Kuklinski
    • 3
  • Damon E. Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Child and Family PolicyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.The Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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