Return on Investment Studies 

Return on Investment (ROI) studies help organizations quantify and report the value created by their organization
ROI studies, also called a cost-benefit studies, compare the economic and social values of the benefits of programs and policies with their associated costs. An ROI can help your organization  make a stronger case to stakeholders about your organization’s bottom line; demonstrate to potential and current funders how their support can generate economic impacts; and help public policymakers to evaluate policies and prioritize alternative programs.   

Types of ROI

There are two types of ROI to consider, depending on the data you have available. A full ROI requires outcome evaluation and evidence from previous studies. When that information is not available, you might consider a Prospective ROI, which estimates the economic value of your program assuming your activities meet their desired outcome. It is based on reasonable, conservative assumptions.
A Wilder Research economist can advise you on the best approach, and guide you through the process. 

Related Services:
New! Economic Impact service offered

An economic impact study measures the impact in the local economy of programs such as small business programs, job training, or educational institutions.

We now have specialized software that allows us to create economic models for local geographies to answer: 

  • What would the economic consequences of your project or program be?
  • What is the additional output (Dollars) injected in the economy by your program?
  • How many jobs would be generated?
  • What industries would be benefitted?
Using this software we are able to analyze impact on local economies to zip-code level. 
Examples of areas of study include:
  • Local impacts of government regulation.
  • Impact of micro-enterprise programs and other social programs.
  • Impact of private and public investment projects, such as construction of new buildings.

Cost-utility analysis – Evaluates alternative policies, programs, or initiatives according to a comparison of their costs and utility or value.  

Feasibility study – Provides a comprehensive evaluation of a new or potential project. It may include evaluating the potential market for a program, and/or the technical or financial feasibility of a project.


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