Evaluating intangible outcomes: Using multiattribute utility analysis to compare the benefits and costs of social programs

Tehout Selameab, Stuart S Yeh

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Abstract

Increasingly, program managers are required to evaluate programs with multiple outcomes against costs. This is difficult when program outcomes are not easily translated into a common metric. This article compares cost benefit analysis with Multiple Attribute Utility Technology and discusses the application of judgment in both analytical techniques. Multiple Attribute Utility Technology is illustrated with a case example to demonstrate how it may be applied to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of programs with multiple intangible outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 26 2008

Keywords

  • Benefit cost
  • Cost-benefit
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Program evaluation
  • Shadow pricing

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