Initiative : Cost-Benefit
Model for Accessibility Projects
A free spreadsheet built to model and analyze the costs
vs. benefits of a website accessibility project
The accessibility community has quite a few cost-benefit
research projects, but the analysis and results typically speak to a nationwide
model, that is, the common and valid argument to embrace accessibility on a
large scale. Missing is a data-driven model to explore the cost-benefit
tradeoffs of a specific website accessibility project.
This is the collaborative initiative to answer that need
with a spreadsheet model free to use without strings.
litigation is often stalled in negotiations where the defendant claims undue
burden. Compartmentalizing each claim is the first step to synchronizing the
view of both parties. An impartial, factual model provides a framework to
negotiate such components with the summary cost-benefit statements guiding to
objective reality-based decisions.
An accessibility advocate often confronts risk-averse
managers unconvinced by calls to take the moral high ground. If a cost-benefit
model inputs factual dollars to make the case for accessibility, the advocate
has transitioned to speaking management's language.
Organizations receiving a judicial complaint from the DoJ or
the Office of Civil Rights are often blindsided without a clear understanding
of the scope of their problem. Human nature exaggerates the threat of the
unknown, but breaking remediation into realistic components often reduces it to
a manageable project. With the benefits of remediation also clearly identified
in dollars, anxiety may even morph into a profitable outcome.
Any worthwhile financial model is a dynamic representation
of the world, adapting to changes, presenting different views, adding features
to address particular cases, and splitting off specialized versions. This is
where the Cost-Benefit Model for Accessibility Projects will evolve to those
needs as an open, collaborative initiative, a free resource to the
You are invited to participate with suggestions for
improvement and/or the development of the model into its potential, including
specialized versions. Simply contact
Access2online's Coordinator. Keep in mind that we are unlikely to pay you nor
will we be party to some fee-based version of this model nor even to force
users to attribute your contribution. We are happy to list significant
contributors on the contributors list.
This spreadsheet is Copyright © 2018 to Access2online,
but all users are granted a perpetual, royalty-free license to copy and modify
this spreadsheet in any way they wish, including its use for commercial
purposes, without fee or attribution.
Everyone is invited to download whichever version of the
spreadsheet they wish by clicking a link below.
Requirements: Microsoft Excel 2013 or later. Note that we
have made no claim of merchantability or quality in our model. You download it
as-is without any warranty.
- Cost-Benefit Model for Accessibility Projects
- With blank data
- Filled with sample data
- Q1) If this is free to use, why did you copyright
- So you can't copyright it.
- Q2) Will this model support the need for website
- More often than not, but as a reliable model, the results
depend on your input values. For example, if you input high accessibility
costs, very few disabled website visitors, and a low probability of
enforcement, this model will support inaccessibility. It will not protect you
from unrealistic input values.