Phase 2: Prepare Methods Papers and Case Studies

The second phase of the project involves developing methods papers and case studies to support the extension of the iDSI Reference Case to include benefit-cost analysis. The initial drafts of these papers were reviewed by selected experts, posted online for public comment, and discussed in a November 2-3, 2017 workshop at Harvard University. We are now updating these papers to reflect the many very thoughtful and helpful comments we received, and posting the revised versions on this page as they are completed.

We are also soliciting additional case studies to test and demonstrate the implementation of the recommendations in the methods papers. More information on contributing a case study is available here.

Methods Papers

The most recent version of each methods paper can be downloaded using the links below.

  • Valuing Mortality Risk Reductions in Global Benefit-Cost Analysis (2018 revision), Lisa A. Robinson, James K. Hammitt, and Lucy O’Keeffe (Harvard University)
  • Valuing Nonfatal Health Risk Reductions in Global Benefit-Cost Analysis (2018 revision), Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt (Harvard University)
  • Accounting for the Timing of Costs and Benefits in the Evaluation of Health Projects Relevant to LMICs (2018 revision), Karl Claxton (University of York)
  • Valuing Changes in Time Use in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (2018 revision), Dale Whittington (University of North Carolina) and Joseph Cook (Washington State University)
  • Assessing the Economy-wide Effects of Health and Environmental Interventions in Support of Benefit-Cost Analysis (2018 revision), Kenneth M. Strzepek (MIT), Collins Amanya (Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment), and James E. Neumann (Industrial Economics)
  • Assessing the Distribution of Impacts in Global Benefit-Cost Analysis (2018 revision), Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt (Harvard University) with supplement by Matthew Adler (Duke University)
  • Valuing Protection against Health-Related Financial Risks (2017 draft), Dean Jamison (University of California – San Francisco) and Jonathan Skinner (Dartmouth College)

These methods papers build on our scoping report and discuss the conceptual framework, review the relevant literature, and suggest analytic approaches that can be feasibly implemented in the near‐term. They also identify priorities for future research. Although these papers will provide the basis for the benefit-cost analysis reference case guidance, the reference case may ultimately deviate from their recommendations in some areas.

Case Studies

In addition, we are conducting case studies to demonstrate the effects of the different choices discussed in the methods papers. Two preliminary case studies have been completed and can be downloaded using the links below. They are now being updated to reflect the recommendations in the revised methods papers as well as the many very useful and insightful comments we received. Additional case studies are also being prepared and will be posted on this page when they are available. Information on contributing a case study is available here.

The case studies will support the development of the guidance in the third phase of this project as well as illustrate its application.