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IES Grant

Title: Cost Analysis in Practice Project (CAP Project)
Center: NCER Year: 2020
Principal Investigator: Hollands, Fiona Awardee: Teachers College, Columbia University
Program: Unsolicited and Other Awards      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years (05/01/2020 – 04/30/2023) Award Amount: $627,743
Goal: Other Goal Award Number: R305U200002
Description:

Co-Principal Investigator: Jaunelle Pratt-Williams, SRI International

Teachers College, Columbia University will collaborate with SRI International to develop and disseminate free, on-demand tools, guidance, and technical assistance to education researchers and practitioners who are planning or conducting cost analysis (including both cost feasibility and cost-effectiveness analyses) of education practices, programs, and policies.

The tools, guidance, and technical assistance will extend existing IES resources (https://ies.ed.gov/seer/cost_analysis.asp) and will include the following:

  • A cost analysis guide in the style of an instruction manual accompanied by detailed examples demonstrated in Excel
  • Three Excel templates to facilitate cost analysis of specific types educational programs/practices including online learning programs, reading programs, and professional development.
  • 50 of the most commonly used prices of educational resources (national average prices) to facilitate cost estimates comparable across programs
  • Sample data collection instruments to support researchers’ and practitioners’ collection of information on resource use and costs simultaneously with other implementation data
  • Short videos on how to estimate the costs of specific resources
  • Asynchronous online cost-analysis modules demonstrating cost-feasibility and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • A help desk to provide on-demand technical assistance/coaching

You can request technical assistance with planning or conducting your cost analysis from the project's Help Desk and view the tools and guidance, once they are posted, at https://capproject.org/ and on the IES Standards for Excellence in Education Research website: https://ies.ed.gov/seer.


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