Cost Analysis

IES-Funded Resources

  • Cost Analysis: A Starter Kit is designed for grant applicants who are new to cost analysis. The kit provides a three-phased approach to the basics of cost analysis, setting the foundation for more complex economic analyses. This is accompanied by an Excel Spreadsheet to help structure the actual cost analysis work.

IES Recommended Reading

REL Publication The Critical Importance of Costs for Education Decisions, by Hollands and Levin (2017).

Hollands, F. M., Kieffer, M. J., Shand, R., Pan, Y., Cheng, H, & Levin, H.M. (2016). Cost-effectiveness analysis of early reading programs: A demonstration with recommendations for future research. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 9, 30–53.

Levin, H. M., & Belfield, C. (2015). Guiding the development and use of cost-effectiveness analysis in education. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 8, 400–418.

OER Cost Analysis Seminar Resources

IRB Boot Camp

The slides and Zoom recording from the February 8 and February 10, 2021 IRB Boot Camps, presented by Lauren N. Griffin, PhD, UF IRB Research Regulatory Analyst III, can be found on the UF IRB webpage Resource: IRB Boot Camp.

Division of Sponsored Programs

Listed below are links to important elements of grant writing and proposal submission provided on the UF Division of Sponsored Programs website:

Research Tools

  • EZAnalyze — Data Tools for Educators
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • — Go to the UF Information Technology training page and click on the logo (requires a GatorLink username and password). provides excellent training videos on a variety of topics, including a 5-hour SPSS training.
  • myinvestiGator — Requires a GatorLink username and password. The tool is also accessible through myUFL by navigating to Main Menu > myinvestiGator.

Transcription Services

Oral Transcription Resources–the following are recommendations for Oral Transcription machines, web-based tools and software.

Dragon is by far the best, but it is trained to your voice, so for multiple interviews the quality will be reduced because you don’t have the benefit of training. Also, you’d need the business version which is pricey (~ $300- $500). Here’s a video about it:

Voicebase does machine transcription, with timestamps that can be linked to key words and confidence estimates for accuracy. You upload an audio (or video) file to their server and download the transcript in Word, txt, rtf or srt format. Pricing is not clear from the website. (The company seems to be in transition.)

IBM has a free web-based tool that will accept WAV files and generate text (in a web box that you’d have to copy and paste into a document):

The Google Chrome browser has an API that will transcribe audio into text. You need an internet connection because the audio is sent to their speech engines for processing. It’s set up for dictation but you can play an audio recording through the microphone port on your computer. Here’s a video explaining how it works:

The newest Mac operating system (El Capitan) does the same thing although you don’t need an active internet connection because the speech recognition is done on your computer. It’s set up for dictation but you can play an audio recording through the microphone port on your computer. Here’s an article about how to do it: