Research Evidence and Benefit-Cost Data for Title IV-E Waiver Interventions
Nearly all of the states with Title IV-E demonstrations have started or expanded the use of evidence-based practices — with 46 evidence-based interventions being implemented — but according to this study, there is a lack of cost-benefit analyses of those interventions.
Many of the waiver demonstration projects “have the potential to improve child safety and the attainment of emotional and legal permanence,” but more cost-savings data about those interventions would bolster the case for their use, noted the Levels of Research Evidence and Benefit-Cost Data for Title IV-E Waiver Interventions research brief. The third edition of this research brief describes the interventions for all of the waiver jurisdictions.
“Outcome studies using rigorous evaluation designs and economic analyses would not only better establish the effectiveness of these interventions, but also measure whether they produce any cost savings.”