The Nebraska CASA Association works to recruit, screen, train, and support Court Appointed Special Advocates to speak for the well-being of abused and neglected children. Nebraska CASA includes a network of 22 local programs serving 54 counties. Nebraska CASA partnered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research and Grace Abbott School of Social Work to execute a simplified cost-benefit analysis of the CASA program in Nebraska. The intent is to demonstrate some of the benefits of the Nebraska CASA program to both children and the public for which a monetary value could be estimated. Monetizing the value is only one way to demonstrate the benefit of the Nebraska CASA Association. In January 2023, the research team compiled available data relevant to program benefits and estimated a monetary value to these benefits. Assumptions about these values are based on current data but are expected not to change significantly from year to year. Efforts were made to ensure the values estimated are conservative; however, it is important to recognize the larger social impact of the program as they support the most vulnerable Nebraskans.
Schafer, Josie Gatti; Vogel, Morgan; Sariscsany, Laurel; and Grell, Tara, "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nebraska Casa Association Programs" (2023). Publications. 636.