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 Return on Investment

Demonstrating Value

AMCHP recognizes the growing interest in economic analyses for demonstrating investments in MCH programs that bring measureable returns. In order to enhance return on investment (ROI) strategies within maternal and child health, AMCHP is committed to:

  • Increasing the knowledge of cost effectiveness, cost benefit, and cost analysis methods relevant to ROI
  • Providing technical assistance for the development and implementation of economic analyses 
  • Encouraging the communication of findings to legislative, administrative, and other MCH stakeholders
  • Sharing best practices and lesson learned regarding applied ROI methods

AMCHP is able to implement these strategies with assistance from partner organizations through a variety of activities, which include:

  • Return on Investment Conference Trainings
  • the Community of Practice for Return on Investment
  • the Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative


Community of Practice for Return on Investment (CoP-ROI)

AMCHP received funding support from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and CDC's Division of Reproductive Health to engage a Community of Practice (CoP) for Return on Investment (ROI) from March 2014 - June 2015. The CoP-ROI offered monthly meetings through peer learning for participants to discuss their interests, experiences, progress, and challenges in developing an ROI project and analysis. Participants also had access to a group SharePoint site and Office Hour consultations with identified ROI experts.

As a response to the needs identified by the CoP-ROI group, AMCHP created two resource documents that aim to assist MCH professionals in the process of developing and implementing an ROI analysis:

The CoP-ROI group now continues as a virtual group, utilizing the group SharePoint site to engage in discussion board conversations and share helpful resources. The site contains a variety of resource documents, relevant journal articles, step-by-step guidelines, tools, and recorded webinars that capture the collective learning of participants and assist with knowledge sharing. The group includes participants at all stages; from those interested in learning more about ROI, those considering an ROI project to analyze their MCH programs, to those currently conducting an ROI analysis. This Community of Practice is open to all those interested in discussing the application of ROI methods in MCH programs, and new participants are continually welcome to join the group!

For more information on how to join the Community of Practice for Return on Investment SharePoint site, please contact Krista Granger at

Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative (ROI Analytic ALC)

Through support from the W.K. Kellogg foundation, AMCHP lead two cohorts of the Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative (ROI Analytic ALC) from August 2014 - February 2015 and July 2015 - January 2016. The first cohort supported a group of four state teams (Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wyoming) to analyze MCH programs that aim to improve birth outcomes. The second cohort focused on the economic analysis of programs related to child and adolescent health, and included 5 state teams (Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and North Carolina). The ROI Analytic ALC provided technical assistance to these states through monthly learning events, facilitated peer-to-peer interactions, in-person meetings, consultations with expert health economists, and funding to support the second cohort of ROI Analytic ALC activities. The ultimate goal of the project was for each state to complete an ROI analysis of their selected program and create a communications product demonstrating their results. Click the links below for examples of the final communications products developed by state teams to communicate their results.

AMCHP is currently working to compile best practices and lessons learned from both cohorts regarding the development, implementation, and completion of ROI analyses for MCH Programs. Be on the lookout for this resource to be shared in the coming months!

Staff Contact

Krista Granger, MPH
Program Manager, Data & Assessment
(202) 266-3057