Return on Investment (ROI) estimate is a statement of value or a business case for a given program or initiative. For rural health grantees, that value can take on many forms, such as lives saved, hospital visits avoided, worker productivity, and others. Each of those benefits has a dollar value—often far greater than the cost of your program.

ROI is calculated by taking the present value of future benefits (i.e., future benefits in today’s dollars) and dividing those benefits by the program’s costs.

Future Benefits ÷ Present Costs = Return on Investment

This resource is provided to help grantees and technical assistance consultants to work together to build a strong case for the value of rural health programs. The documentation of a health initiative’s social and economic benefits to its community can be a valuable addition to advocacy and communications, as well as funding proposals and business plans.

*More information on the types of programs that are applicable to these calculations is available within the Calculator program.

The Community Health Systems Development Team at the Georgia Health Policy Center has developed a Return on Investment Calculator designed especially for rural health grantees. The CHSD ROI Calculator is intended as a tool for estimating the economic benefits to a community that are a result of the work you do and the money that is invested in that work for the following types of programs:

  • Diabetes management and prevention
  • Hypertension management and prevention
  • Coronary heart disease management and prevention
  • Obesity management and prevention
  • Depression management
  • Alcoholism management and prevention
  • Smoking cessation

New calculators in version 2.0

  • Oral Health
  • Prenatal Care
  • Travel costs avoided as a result of the availability of local access to care
  • Childhood obesity management and prevention

*More information on the types of programs that are applicable to these calculations is available within the Calculator program.

CHSD ROI calculator

Once you have downloaded the calculator, double-click the file and follow the instructions on the CHSD ROI Calculator program. Note that when results have been tabulated, you have the option to export those results into a formatted Word document.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: The information in the document is calculated using national findings from well-respected peer-reviewed health care and economic journals, with full citations and a brief explanation of the methods behind the calculations. It is intended to provide a broad estimate of the benefits that your community enjoys as a result of the work that you do.