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Cost-benefit analyses

Education Data Technical Assistance Program's Statewide Longitudinal Data System Sustainability Toolkit

This brief summarizes best practices and provides resources related to sustaining statewide longitudinal data systems. It is based on a four-part framework for sustainability: stakeholder support, ensuring widespread use, financial support, and return on investment. Companion resources include a sustainability planning tool and a sustainability self-assessment.

Self-Assessment of Financing Strategies Tool

This planning tool provides a matrix for examining financing strategies by looking at their advantages and ways to enhance them, disadvantages and ways to mitigate them, and other possible benefits.

Professional Development System Cost Analysis Tool

This tool is designed to help States and Territories understand current investments and target resources for professional development systems and initiatives that result in a well-qualified early childhood and school-age workforce. It generates data analyses related to workforce qualifications and professional development investments, defines and categorizes workforce investments, and estimates annual costs to advance the workforce from one level of qualification towards the next.

A Guide to Calculating the Cost of Quality Early Care and Education

This brief provides a process and model for estimating the current cost of early care and education and the marginal cost of raising the quality of the system. The authors argue that estimating the cost of high-quality early care and education programs and systems involves looking critically at three distinct cost categories: direct service costs, infrastructure costs, and capital costs. The brief provides a roadmap for the process of evaluating these factors, as well as menus of items to consider in defining and estimating the cost of higher-quality systems of early care and education.