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Four Questions for Gary VanLandingham

Publication: Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB)

05/04/2011 - 1. Could you tell us about your work and how it relates to cost-benefit analysis and justice?

I’m the director of Results First, a project of the Pew Center on the States. We are helping states implement cutting-edge cost-benefit analysis tools that allow them to identify options that provide the best outcomes while improving their fiscal health. This is more important than ever in an era in which most states are facing their worst budget crises since the Great Depression. The models can help states make better policy choices and enable them to target their limited resources at programs that generate the best returns for citizens. This is a much more rational strategy than making across-the-board cuts that reduce funding for effective and ineffective programs alike.

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