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Benefit-cost analysis in the real world: How the Washington State Legislature is using evidence-based information to lower crime rates and cut crime costs

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 25 November 2011

Mr Steve Aos

Presentation overview

At this seminar, Steve Aos will discuss the 15 year development of an analytical strategy--and its actual public policy implementation--to incorporate evidence about what works into criminal and juvenile justice policies in Washington State. The central elements include the creation of an evidence-based and economically sound portfolio of public policies designed to reduce crime at lower costs.

Mr Steve Aos is the Director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the non-partisan research arm of the Washington State legislature in the United States. He has 35 years of experience conducting cost-benefit analyses and communicating the results to policymakers in a wide range of public policy areas, as well as in the private sector. His current work focuses on identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of programs and policies that reduce crime, improve K–12 educational outcomes, reduce child abuse and neglect, improve mental health and reduce substance abuse. He also has many years of experience in energy economics and regulatory policy.