Washington State Institute for Public Policy finds Triple P system returns highest cost-benefit ratio

A presentation at a US National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Forum has highlighted Triple P as an extremely cost-effective program delivering more economic benefits to the community than it costs. The presentation at the forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioural Health in Washington earlier this year by Stephanie Lee highlights work by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). WSIPP is involved in non-partisan research to advise government on evidence-based policies that provide a positive return on investment. It looks at whether or not these policies can save the communities they serve more than they cost by reducing the economic impacts of factors such as child abuse, crime and poor educational outcomes.

WSIPP firstly meta-analyses all rigorous evaluations of policies that set out to improve public outcomes then calculates benefits, costs and risk to the people of Washington State using a consistent framework to compare evidence-based programs. Of the six programs evaluated for this presentation, the Triple P system and Level 4 Group Triple P returned the highest benefit to cost ratio of $8.74 and $5.42 respectively.

Of the six programs evaluated for this presentation, the Triple P system and Level 4 Group Triple P returned the highest benefit to cost ratio of $8.74 and $5.42 respectively.

It was also one of only two programs to deliver zero odds of a negative result. The Lee presentation can be found here. More information about WSIPP’s methodology is available here.