Applying the three core concepts of economic evaluation in health to education in the UK

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DatePublished - 12 Nov 2019
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York
Place of PublicationYork, UK
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish

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NameCHE Research Paper
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York
No.170

Abstract

In a UK policy context, education and healthcare sectors share many characteristics; however, the role of economic evaluation in informing policy making is very different. While in health it has
become a key part of the deliberative processes of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in their recommendations to the NHS, it has not played the same role in education. In this article we explore three key components that are required to underpin robust evaluations: a clear perspective, the identification of a single maximand, and recognition of the opportunity costs. We demonstrate the importance of each, how it has been applied in the NICE framework, and how it may be implemented in a UK education setting. We conclude that the failure in education to address the three components has reduced the ability to consider the cost-effectiveness of funding
decisions, potentially resulting in inefficient use of educational funding.

    Research areas

  • Evaluation, economic evaluation, health economics, education, cost-effectiveness analysis

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