Office of Research

Benefit-Cost Analysis Center


The core aim of the Benefit-Cost Analysis Center is to improve the understanding and use of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) as a decision-making tool. Our research and outreach is geared toward:

•Improving and standardizing benefit-cost analysis methodology.

•Strengthening relationships between institutions that use it.

•Disseminating information about its use and misuse.

•Expanding its use when appropriate.

The Benefit-Cost Analysis Center works with a variety of
government agencies and academic professionals who use BCA in their work, including the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (

Core Services Offered

Conferences, working papers, and journal

Funding Information:

MacArthur Foundation 2008-2012

Reporting Structure:

Sandra Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Science, Department of Geography, School of Pharmacy, UW Bothell CRPE, School of Social Work, School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Department of Global Health

Center Details

Director: Archibald, Sandra (PI)
Location: Parrington 303
Year Started: 2008
Administrator / Program Manager: Dowd, Erika (Executive Director)
Administering College/School: Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance 
Faculty Involvement: 10