Value for investment: A practical evaluation theory

This booklet proposes a model for evaluating value for investment in social programs, by integrating economic and evaluative thinking. Julian King is a New Zealand public policy consultant and a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. 


What if we didn’t have to value everything in terms of money? What if we could use a mix of values (e.g., social, cultural, environmental, economic) to provide clear answers to the value for investment question? What if we could evaluate value for investment on social justice criteria as well as efficiency? 


  • Background
  • A model for evaluating value for investment 
  • Putting theory into action
  • So what?
  • Now what? 


King, J. (2014). Value for Investment: a practical evaluation theory. Auckland: Julian King & Associates Ltd – a member of the Kinnect Group.

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