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The school offers an intensive and participative learning experience focused on the appraisal (Cost Benefit Analysis, CBA) of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on those asking for co-financing under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the programming period 2014-2020. The structure of the school reflects the need to provide an overview and introduction to principles and methods of CBA for beginners and to offer a more in-depth understanding of sectoral applications for more advanced trainees.


At the end of programme, participants will be able to understand the principles and methods of CBA and, for the advanced course, to assess the completeness and quality of a project dossier as well as to design and prepare a complete CBA.


Lecturers are experts with a longstanding experience in designing, implementing and reviewing CBA of infrastructure projects. The Faculty includes, amongst others, analysts involved in the preparation of the last edition of the Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects, including the authors, technical advisors, and academic peer reviewers. Lecturers come from the following institutions: University of Milan, CSIL, University of Gran Canaria, European Commission, European Court of Auditors, Jaspers, the Central Project Management Agency of Lithuania, TPLAN and TRT.
To know more about them see the Lecturers page.


The school is organized in two Modules:
Module I: General principles and methods of CBA (10-12 September 2018);
Module II: Sector applications of CBA (12-14 September 2018).
The two Modules can be attended in sequence. This is the best solution designed for those who want to be acquainted with both a solid background on the general CBA principles and methods and an applied experience on real-life cases.

No previous exposure is needed to attend Module I. To attend Module II it is required to have an intermediate knowledge of CBA or to have previously attended Module I.
To know more about them see the Structure and content page.


The school is principally designed for professionals and practitioners involved in design, preparation, assessment and implementation of investment projects in the framework of EU Cohesion Policy, including desk officers from the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, civil servants (managing authorities, intermediate bodies, etc.) in Member States and in Candidate Countries, staff of financial institutions, and consultants. It may be also beneficial to researchers and practitioners who are willing to learn the at-the-edge international CBA techniques and methods. A mixed audience with practitioners coming from different organizations is particularly welcome.
To know more about the target of the school see the Structure and content page.


Module I EUR 1,090 Early-bird fee EUR 900 (*)
Module II EUR 1,250 Early-bird fee EUR 1,050 (*)
Module I and Module II EUR 2,100 Early-bird fee EUR 1,900(*)

(*) Deadline for early bird registrations (from public sector and universities): 30 April 2018


Former participants said:
"This was the best training I have participated"
"Excellent balance between face to face and hands-on sessions"
"It was very useful and with focus on practical application"
"All speakers are interesting and highly qualified"
"It was very useful, comprehensive and intensive"
"Would recommend to colleagues”
“I am satisfied. In particular, the lectures were useful and well summarised".

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