Return on Investment in Education: A “System-Strategy” Approach

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Often used in the business world, the term Return on Investment (ROI) traditionally refers to the expected monetary gains per cost of investment. Education leaders, however, seek improved educational outcomes, rather than monetary returns. The “academic-ROI” can be a powerful tool for investing resources in a manner that aligns with district goals. This piece by Education Resource Strategies seeks to improve ROI analysis in education. It encourages education leaders conducting ROI analyses to look beyond line items in a budget, asking deeper questions about how various strategies and policies will work together to impact educational outcomes. The paper supports a strategic planning process without silos–in which academic and finance departments work together to make a strategic plan and analyze the ROI. Read it here.