At present, we have rather limited information on the costs and benefits of crime reduction interventions, which hampers evidence-based decisions on what to do about crime problems. A cost-benefit tool has thus been developed to provide a straightforward but comprehensive format for assembling the information relating to the costs and benefits of a programme or intervention.
About the tools
The cost-benefit tools developed for this project consists of two parts. Part 1 uses traditional costing techniques such as those employed in the HM Treasury The Green Book (2003). This allows all input-relevant cost and benefit data to be entered into the tool to calculate total expenditure on one or more interventions/programmes (across all years of the intervention), and/or to compare the average annual expenditure before and after the introduction of the intervention.
Part 2 uses a combination of traditional methods for calculating the costs of an intervention and other techniques that allow cost estimates to be made in the absence of reliable accounting data. In Part 2, the average annual costs of an earlier or similar intervention can be compared to those of a new intervention.
Cost-Benefit Tool Part 1 (Zip 548 Kb) - Version 5.4 (24 January 2017)
Cost-Benefit Tool Part 2 (Zip 941 Kb) - Version 5.4 (24 January 2017)
Note: These tools are free to use but citing the tool is required.
Recommended citation: Manning, M., Wong, T.W.G., and Vorsina, M. (2016). Manning Cost-Benefit Tool. Canberra: ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, The Australian National University. Retrieved from: http://rsss.anu.edu.au/socialresearch/cost-benefit-tool
Assoc Prof Matthew Manning
Matthew Manning is an applied microeconomist who focuses predominantly on the economics of crime and enforcement. He was previously a Director of Griffith University’s Social and Economic Research Program and an economist in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University.
Matthew’s research involves using economic methods for measuring outcomes associated with situational and developmental crime prevention programs and policies. He also adapts economic methods for analysing complex problems for the development of better policy. Over the last ten years, Matthew has conducted a number of economic analyses (e.g. cost-benefit analysis) for government and non-government organisations.
Matthew has published in areas such as juvenile justice, crime prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, police legitimacy and wellbeing/life satisfaction.
Mr Gabriel T.W.
Gabriel Wong began his Doctoral Candidate with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in 2013. He works in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.
Gabriel's dissertation focuses on the use of multi-criteria frameworks to analyse the determinant factors of adolescent drug involvement and evaluate the drug policy preference in Hong Kong and Australia. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, from adolescent drug use, policy decision making, and knowledge synthesis, to economic analysis of crime prevention, and efficiency in policing.
Margarita is a doctoral student in the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, and is a member of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.
Margarita’s thesis applies economic methods to estimate reasons for and consequences of terrorism. In particular, Margarita is examining the association between ethnic inequality and terrorism; the effect of terrorism on life satisfaction; and a population’s willingness-to-pay for a reduction in terrorism. Margarita’s interest lies in economic analysis of crime, public choice models and cost-benefit analysis for crime reduction programs.