Better Business Cases Foundation


Event summary

This course provides you with foundation-stage accreditation on the HM Treasury Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model. It is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner qualification. The advertised cost includes the examination fee.


10 Oct 2017 10:00
11 Oct 2017 16:30


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£795.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Why attend?

If you work on developing or reviewing business cases, HM Treasury is recommending that you are accredited on the Better Business Cases programme, which has been jointly developed by HM Treasury and the Welsh Government.

Benefits of the course

The foundation course will give you:

  • increased knowledge of the process for developing an effective business case that has public value at its core
  • the ability to better scope and plan investment decisions
  • the skills to develop a robust framework for transparent decision-making and quality spending proposals
  • a recognised qualification to relevant standards.

Learning outcomes

Through reference to the Five Case Model, HM Treasury’s Green Book and a range of exercises and case studies, you will understand how to address the following key questions:

  • Is there a compelling case for change?
  • Does the preferred investment option optimise value for money?
  • Is the proposed deal commercially viable?
  • Is the spending proposal affordable?
  • How can the proposal be delivered successfully?
These learning outcomes will lead to better informed decisions and value for money through a:
  • structured way of thinking
  • step-by-step approach
  • way of working together
  • way to bring convergence, coherence and cohesion.

Who should attend?

Decision-makers, managers, business case developers and project managers and teams.


  • Commissioning
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Risk management
  • / Transformation
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Alasdair Robertson, efficiency, change and improvement expert

Alisdair Robertson

Alasdair has nearly 20 years' experience in efficiency, change and improvement work. In that time he has been an improvement and development agency managing consultant leading improvement teams in councils across the country. He is an advisor to a number of public sector organisations and has undertaken analytical work for the NHS, police, local authorities, central government and multi-national organisations, most notably through the application of advanced simulation tools. Alasdair is a regular contributor at conferences and best practice workshops and is an associate tutor for the Canterbury Christchurch University postgraduate programme in shared services and teaches on business cases. He is also an associate of the Operations Research Society, a fellow of the Academy of Shared Services and a recognised leading analytics consultant.