Analysis Theory week 3 discussion 1
What is a cost-benefit analysis and who should be responsible for conducting
one? When is the most appropriate time in the budget cycle to
conduct the analysis and why? Should each cost be subjective to a
cost-benefit analysis? Why or why not?
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(Jus) wrote cost-benefit analysis is an examination of a new program, piece
of equipment, or other budget line item in terms of what the costs
are versus the benefits that can be realized from its
The most appropriate time in a budget cycle to conduct a cost-benefit
analysis would be during the policy direction phase, where budget issues are
identified and priorities are set. Once desired goals are set, a
cost-benefit analysis can be performed in order to determine what budget items
can be implemented and what will provide the greatest return on investment.
I believe that nearly everything in a policy agency budget should be subject
to a cost-benefit analysis, since a thorough analysis will determine what is
most efficient in terms of results produced and costs saved.
Mikesell, John. Fiscal Administration, 8e, 8th Edition. Wadsworth,
01/2014. VitalBook file.