Childonomics- Measuring the long-term social and economic value of investing in children
This paper summarises the main concepts behind Childonomics and presents the key findings so far. It is based on research carried out between June 2016 and December 2017 which developed a methodology, based on a Cost Consequence Analysis approach, to help reflect on the long-term social and economic return of investing in children and families.
The methodology was tested in Malta and Romania. This work should be seen as a first step in better understanding inputs, outputs and outcomes linked to policies, services and public spending choices.
The study highlights the importance of taking a systemic approach to child and family services, to being more attentive to the outcomes interventions aim to achieve, and to ensuring effective data gathering and monitoring systems.
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