April focus: What’s on our radar screen

by , April 4, 2012

During the month of April, we’ll blog about things we’re reading (and watching and listening to) on the subject of criminal justice and cost-benefit analysis. We always want to hear from those of you who are doing this work, but that’s especially true when it comes to this month’s topic. Your comments and suggestions will benefit our growing community of practice throughout the United States and beyond.


CBKB 2011 Wrap-up: “Four Questions”

by , December 5, 2011

As this year comes to a close, we would like to thank the many contributors to our “Four Questions” series for sharing their perspectives on why cost-benefit analysis is a critical tool for criminal justice reform.

Click on a contributor’s name to read his or her “Four Questions” post:

Would you like to nominate a person or an organization to feature in our 2012 “Four questions” series?


Four questions for Jens Ludwig

by , July 20, 2011

This post is part of our “Four questions” guest blog series that highlights the people and organizations in the growing community of practice around cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and justice. Thanks to Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, for contributing to this series.


View NIJ’s Research for the Real World presentation “Benefit-Cost Analysis for Crime Policy”

by , May 23, 2011

On February 24, 2011, Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, and Jens Ludwig, Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab, presented “Benefit-Cost Analysis for Crime Policy” as part of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Research for the Real World Seminar Series.

Their presentation explained the different options for identifying policy and program impacts, and discussed the challenges of attempts to monetize costs and benefits–including the intangible aspects of well-being for which dollar values are not easily attached.