Lessons from the Field Seminar: "Economic Evaluation in Prevention Science: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities"

Damon Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Health and Human Development, and Senior Research Associate, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Tuesday January 29, 2019 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • 312 Biobehavioral Health Building

Introduction: The use of economic evaluation is becoming increasingly common and necessary in the field of prevention science. In this seminar, I will talk about the 'lessons learned' from my work doing economic evaluation over the past several years. This will include summarizing past research, reviewing policy trends, and discussing new opportunities and initiatives in this area. This presentation will also include an overview of the basic elements of cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis in social policy.

About the Speaker: Damon Jones, Ph.D., has been with the Prevention Research Center since 2009, serving as a program evaluator and methodologist for several family and youth behavioral interventions and prevention programs. His areas of interest include the use of appropriate methodology in the behavioral sciences, and economic evaluation of effective programs in social policy and program evaluation in general so that more of the best programs can reach more people. He is interested in understanding the public costs associated with behavior disorders, and has authored several publications on the potential economic value of effective efforts to improve developmental outcomes in children and youth. He has several years of experience with cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit assessments as well as overseeing several project resource evaluations.