Introduction to cost–benefit analysis

Balancing opportunities

All policy and program officers face the challenge of determining which possible policy solution generates the best result for society. How we go about deciding which policy is ideal is done through a cost-benefit analysis that compares the all available choices.

A cost-benefit analysis is a standard tool used to calculate and compare the net benefits of proposed policies or programs. It is an essential analytical framework for policy and program officers, and a mandatory component of a long-form Regulatory Impact Statement.

Our Introduction to cost-benefit analysis workshop provides officers with the insights to evaluate or develop a cost-benefit analysis effectively. Participants work through scenarios to apply new concepts and develop valuable, realistic and sound hypothetical solutions.

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Cost-benefit analysis courses

  • Introduction to policy
  • Advanced policy skills
  • Strategic policy: developing and
    implementing policy in a dynamic environment
  • Evaluating policy and programs
  • Program design and implementation
  • Nudge theory: positive outcomes
    with minimum interventions
  • Economics for non-economists
  • Science, policy and influence:
    presenting evidence to decision-makers
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