Our Impact

The Center demonstrates Positive Return on Community Investment (ROCI)
rural community

What is ROCI?

In a world of scarce resources, it is critical that programs are carefully assessed and evaluated to determine the return on community and public investment. Return on community investment (ROCI) is a methodology for measuring the economic value of services to a community. 

Purpose of ROCI

The purpose of the ROCI assessment was to measure the economic value and community benefits attributed to the Technical Assistance (TA) provided by the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center). Assessing ROCI helps determine the value of knowledge and behavioral change of networks and state rural health grantees The Center assists. The Center utilizes the Kirkpatrick/Phillips Model to guide its evaluation and documentation processes to show stronger, measurable outcomes for each program area.

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) goals for rural health are to improve access to health care by strengthening financial viability, address issues related to rural health care workforce, and build healthier communities.

Eric Scorsone, Ph.D., Center for Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University, conducted ROCI assessments of technical assistance provided by The Center’s federally funded programs.

Return for Every One Dollar Invested By HRSA

FY 2021


Return on community investment (ROCI) analysis of TA educational services is $2.28 for every $1.00 invested in the DRCHSD program.

FY 2020


$8.1 million in economic benefits, returning $9.59 for every one dollar invested by in the Program. Comparing FY 2020 to previous years, TASC increased the return on investment (ROI) by 91% or $4.57.

FY 2019

  • TASC: $5.02 in return 
  • SRHT Education: $1.97 in return 
  • SRHT Consultations: $2.60 in return