Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Summer 2012 News and Activities

Recommendations for Strategic Planner

Thanks to support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) has the resources to contract outside expertise to help it take the next steps in its development as a professional and scholarly organization. We are looking for an individual or firm with experience in working with professional or scholarly associations to create a strategic plan to reach organizational self-sufficiency within the next three years. The selected contractor would provide advice to SBCA on matters including (but not limited to) developing strategies for growing both individual and institutional membership, determining the best scale for the annual conference, supporting and enhancing the profile of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, and developing strategic alliances with other scholarly societies with overlapping interests to those of SBCA.

The process of identifying and ultimately engaging the individual or firm with the desired capabilities will be as follows:

  1. Members of the SBCA are invited to submit the names and contact information of individuals or firms who may have the desired capabilities to Because of the need to move forward quickly to engage the outside expertise, we ask that such recommendations be submitted by no later than Tuesday, July 31.
  2. The SBCA President, Vice President, and Board of Directors will prepare and send a formal RFP to individuals/firms identified as potentially having the needed background and capabilities.
  3. After reviewing responses to the RFP and interviewing potential candidates for providing the desired consulting services, SBCA will engage the services of the candidate whom the SBCA leadership decides will best serve our needs. The intent would be to have someone in place by the start of Fall 2012 for an initial contract of one year.

Nominations for Vice President, Treasurer/Secretary, and Board of Directors Sought

The Nominating Committee (David Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carol Bray, Government Accountability Office; and Kerry Smith, Arizona State University) seeks help in recuiting enthusiastic and qualified people to participate in Society governance. Volunteers very welcome. Please send nominations or inquiries to by August 1, 2012.

Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!

Thanks to the support of its members, the Society has continued to grow and further the practice and use of benefit-cost analysis. We hope you will support the Society in 2012 and beyond by renewing your membership today. Benefits of membership include reduced rates of admission to the annual conference (including the member rate at November's APPAM sessions), the opportunity to vote in elections and participate on committees, and inclusion in a group of scholars and practitioners working at the leading edge of this expanding field. Plus, now you can renew and pay online using a credit card.

News and Announcements

Ongoing Collection of Benefit-Cost Analysis Studies: The Benefit-Cost Analysis Center (BCAC) at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, chaired by Professor Richard Zerbe, is currently producing a growing database of benefit-cost analysis studies. The collection spans a variety of topics and will serve as a valuable resource to the field of benefit-cost analysis, and will be posted on its website in the coming months. If you would like to suggest a study for inclusion in the database, please send it to

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis: The editors of the JBCA are pleased to announce the latest issue with articles covering cases, theory, and applications by outstanding authors. SBCA members are entitled to free downloads of all JBCA content, and, of course, are encouraged to submit articles for upcoming issues online. Access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis is currently provided free of charge by going to the home page and registering as indicated in the first paragraph of text. We are still accepting article submissions for the Arnold Harberger Prize for Retrospective Analysis with a prize honorarium of at least $2,000. More information is provided in the downloadable flyer (pdf) and on the website.

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