Cost-Benefit Analysis Program

Program Overview 

Developed in partnership with Community of Federal Regulators (CFR) and experienced Cost-Benefit Analyst practitioners, the Institute’s Certificate Program goes beyond theory and the basics to bolster the competencies and skills of those who undertake Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) in the federal government.

Participants will come together in a four-month, multi-faced program that will cover real-world challenges and best practices in the exercise of professional judgment. With a cohort of peers, the program offer provides a forum for CBA practitioners from across the federal government to learn about contemporary issues and different approaches to problem-solving.  As a program of applied learning, participants will go through exercises and simulations that are directly relevant to workplace situations.

The program emphasizes applied learning to acquire and bolster the following competencies:

  • CBA technical skills
  • Data identification and analysis
  • Communication, both oral and written in a CBA context
  • Problem solving, decision making, and exercising judgment
  • Collaboration, teamwork, consultation, emotional intelligence


Curriculum & Schedule

*Program schedule to be determined. Please visit our website regularly.


Delivery Mode


  • This program will take place virtually.


Featured Instructors


Dan Acland

Dan Acland is Associate Professor of Practice in Public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. He is a behavioral economist whose research spans the intersections of Behavioral Economics, Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Economic Philosophy. Professor Acland teaches graduate courses in Economics for Policy Makers and Benefit-Cost Analysis, and a pair of undergraduate courses in Behavioral Economics. In addition, he leads a section of the Advanced Policy Analysis thesis seminar in the Master’s of Public Policy program.

Vic Adamowicz

Dr. W. L. (Vic) Adamowicz is the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. Adamowicz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences (awarded in 2007). He became a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2019 and a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2011. He is an expert in environmental valuation.

Nikki Clarke

Nikki Clarke, M.A., RP, ACC, is a professional coach and has a wide range of experience working in both the public and private sector. She has worked in human resource management in the high tech sector and as a coach with federal public sector employees and students at the University of Ottawa. She is certified as a coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and coaches professionals and executives in the areas of leadership development, effective communication, emotional and social intelligence, optimal performance, leading teams, transitions and career development

Steven Lize

Steven Lize, PhD, is Officer for Technical Assistance with the Results First initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Since 2011 he has consulted with US state and county government staff to assist them to conduct CBA, develop program evaluation, and report findings to legislative and executive branch policymakers. His technical assistance role involves hands-on trainings on CBA and evaluation methods and communicating findings for policymaker audiences.

Carole Norton

Carole Norton, M.A., PCC, CPCC, is a leadership and organizational development coach with considerable public sector leadership experience.  Carole’s curiosity in relation to team performance, engagement and organizational culture led her to obtain coaching certifications from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), along with enhanced training in Breakthrough and Narrative Coaching, along with Conversational Intelligence.

Lisa A. Robinson

Lisa A. Robinson is a Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and also affiliated with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Her research and teaching focus on the conduct of benefit-cost analysis and the valuation of morbidity and mortality risk reductions (the value per statistical life – VSL). She has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. Ms. Robinson is a past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and served as a Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis as well as Chair of its Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group. She is also on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Dave Weimer

David L. Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches courses in policy analysis and research methods. His recent research addresses issues in health policy, including quality report cards, implementation of health reform, and governance of the U.S. organ transplant system, as well as topics related to policy craft. He is the co-author of widely used textbooks on policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis. He served as president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (2013) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (2006) and he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Application Process


The program is designed for those who come with an understanding of core CBA concepts. This includes some exposure to regulatory processes, microeconomics, and statistics. Applicants with practical workplace experience in CBA will be preferred.

Withdrawal from program

Participants may withdraw from the program on or before TBC, by notifying us at [email protected]

Attendance requirements

Participation in all scheduled activities of the program (workshops, action learning groups, simulation) is mandatory in order to obtain the University of Ottawa Certificate of Professional Development.  Exceptional circumstances will have to be discussed with the Program Director.  Individual accommodations will incur extra costs.



Certificate Program

Upon completion of the program, participants will be granted a University of Ottawa Certificate of Professional Development, which will serve to recongize newly acquired skills.