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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
Type: Other Goal Award Number: R305U200002

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 ( 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 and on the IES Standards for Excellence in Education Research website: