Costing interventions

Very few types of information are as important and poorly understood as resources: organisations need more detail than just budget headlines

Costing interventions

Costing interventions

The amount of resources required per case, or ‘unit costs’, matter to everyone, not just accountants, because they tell us a lot about public sector interventions.

Strategists We understand risks and success chances in advance
Managers We know the resources we need in the future
Accountants We can turn our information into useful estimates for colleagues
Team leaders We can improve the intervention day to day
All We understand resource needs accurately

We collect the information required to estimate resources through workshops and interviews with those who run the interventions. We also analyse accountancy records.

In partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, we have developed a software tool which makes information collection faster and cheaper. Our aim is to support four public sector organisations to understand their resources better by 2018.

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