196962 Measuring the impact of child care policy and practices

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:30 AM

Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, MS , Health & Prevention Services, Nemours, Newark, DE
Andrew Tulchin, MBA , Social Enterprise Associates, Santa Fe, NM
Sara Olsen, MBA, MASW , Social Venture Technology Group, San Francisco, CA
How does your organization know if its child care programs and policy initiatives are having a measurable effect or value, particularly in comparison to the cost of doing the program? Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) set out to consider this question and calculate its value on child care programs and related policy in the state of Delaware.

This session draws upon the specific example where NHPS conducted an analysis of the work of the Child Care Team's programs and policy, specifically with regards to its work to reduce the incidence of children who are overweight, obese, and/or at risk of being so. The content area on the impact of policy practice towards achieving positive public health outcomes is a central component to this presentation.

The analysis itself will also be shared, including discussion of methodology and its implication for program activities. This includes exploring the process of conducting rigorous cost benefit analysis, measuring financial impacts of this work, expressing a return on investment, understanding the financial benefit breakeven point, and suggesting a social return on investment for conducting preventive health programs that seek to change public policy.

The session will conclude by assessing the importance of such investigations, their value for the organization, the benefits for public health initiatives, and how such analysis might continue to be of value for this field.

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the value of the work done by Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) Child Care Policy Team to reduce overweight, obese and at risk youth as measured by body mass index (BMI). Demonstrate an investigation that sought to quantify cost/benefit of public health work by including the monetized value expressed as social return on investment (SROI). Explain how the analysis was done that included results including the program costs provided a 3.6 to 1 return on investment compared to health care cost savings, the implications on the organization from doing such an analysis, and how it can contribute to public policy.

Keywords: Child Care, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as a Senior Special Assistance and Policy Analyst in the Office of the Senior Vice President at Nemours Health and Prevention Services. I am responsible for serving as a liaison between of the Office of the Senior Vice President and the Division's five operational centers to ensure integration of projects and alignment with overall strategic direction; acting as an advisor on important strategic and operational matters; managing the SROI initiative; and managing special projects including national collaborations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.