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SBCA 2020 Online Workshops

2020 Society Workshop Series

SBCA is pleased to announce that it will deliver several online workshops beginning this September.

Faculty will include world-class authorities from the field of benefit-cost analysis. To enhance the online learning experience, each workshop will be spread over multiple days, and make use of interactive features to facilitate direct engagement with faculty, allow for small-group discussion, and create dynamic, online learning experiences tailored to the needs of participants.
 

Upcoming Workshops

 
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence & BCA Results to Policymakers
September 22 & 23, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm EDT
See additional information below.
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Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis
October 5 & 6, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm EDT
See additional information below.
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Please Note
Registrations will be capped to ensure tailored learning experiences for all participants. So, please register soon to ensure your spot. Descriptions of Workshops are below. Check back here periodically for additional information related to the Workshops and for additional offerings.

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Workshop Descriptions
 
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers

Description:
There are increasing calls for government officials to use benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to inform budget and policy decisions. Yet policymakers are often unfamiliar how these studies are conducted and what they can contribute to better decisions.

This workshop will train participants on ways to effectively bring BCA to government officials in the fast-paced policy process and to help build a culture of evidence use within the executive and legislative branches.

The presenters bring decades of experience working with public leaders and their key staff as well as best practices gained from working with federal and state government in the United States, and other national governments, to promote evidence-based policymaking.

The topics will include discussion of:
  • Effective modes of communicating complex findings to policymakers
  • Effective approaches for building partnerships with policymakers and their key staff
  • Proven mechanisms for promoting the use of BCA and rigorous evidence in the policy and budget processes.
This workshop includes a mixture of lecture-style presentation, discussion, and hands-on problem solving. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their work as well as practical questions to collaborate on with the facilitators.

About the presenters:
Steven Lize, PhD
, is Officer for Technical Assistance with the Pew Results First Initiative. Since 2011 he has consulted with state and county government staff to assist them to conduct benefit-cost analysis, evaluate programs, and report findings to legislative and executive branch policymakers. His technical assistance role involves hands-on trainings on benefit-cost and evaluation methods and communicating findings for policymaker audiences.

John Kamensky is a Senior Fellow at the IBM Center for The Business of Government and an Associate Partner with IBM's Global Business Services. Prior to joining the IBM Center, he served for eight years as Deputy Director of Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government. Before that, he worked at the Government Accountability Office where he played a key role in the development and passage of the Government Performance and Results Act.

Gary VanLandingham, PhD, is Professor and Reubin O'D Askew Senior Practitioner in Residence at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University. VanLandingham teaches graduate seminars in policy analysis, program evaluation, and performance management and formerly served as Director of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative and as Director of the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.

Dates and Times:
September 22 & 23, 2-4 pm EDT

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom using interactive learning formats that combine lecture presentations with question and answer, discussion, and hands-on learning to develop a communications plan for participants’ current or recently completed projects.

Fee: $300 per person
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Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis
 
Description:
Benefit-cost analysis is used around the world to assess regulatory impacts. This workshop introduces the use of Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) in the Federal government. The topics will include issues of identifying the market failure, establishing the correct baseline, choosing the policy options, estimating benefits, estimating costs, and identifying transfers. The focus will on analyses of U.S. environmental, health, and safety regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the last two decades, but the concepts and practices we discuss are equally applicable to analyses conducted in other policy areas and in other countries or at a sub-national level. The workshop will be structured as an overarching presentation with examples from past EPA RIAs used as practical example to be discussed by the participants.
 
This workshop is intended for both economists and other practitioners who have a working knowledge of Benefit-Cost Analysis and the general concept of measuring welfare effects. This working knowledge will then be applied to the Regulatory Impact Analysis context. The two presenters are seasoned practitioners with substantial experience in conducting these analyses at the EPA.
 
The workshop will be presented in two 2 hour sessions. Prior to the workshop, we will circulate a set of optional readings.
 
Materials: The workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation and handouts for examples. All data for the examples will be provided in the handouts or on the slides..

Presenters:
Charles Griffiths, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chris Dockins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About the presenters:
Chris Dockins earned his PhD in Economics at Duke University, focusing on Environmental Economics and Public Finance. At the EPA he has helped develop benefit-cost analyses for EPA's air, water, hazardous waste, and chemicals regulations, performed and published research on related topics, and directed a division of scientists in EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics. He also teaches benefit-cost analysis at Johns Hopkins University and environmental economics at the University of Maryland.
 
Charles Griffiths earned his PhD in Economics at the University of Maryland. At the EPA he has worked on the estimation of the social cost of carbon and helped develop benefit-cost analysis for EPA’s air, water, and chemical regulation. He has conducted research on climate change, health risks, water regulations, air regulations, and voluntary programs and was a Senior Economist for Environment, Energy, and Agriculture at the President's Council of Economic Advisors. He also teaches benefit-cost analysis at Johns Hopkins University and environmental economics at the University of Maryland.

Dates and Times:
October 5 & 6, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm EDT

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom using interactive learning formats that combine lecture presentations with question and answer, discussion, and hands-on learning to develop a communications plan for participants’ current or recently completed projects.

Fee
$300 per person
Register Online
 

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