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An Overview of Better Business Cases

A one-day training course delivered by subject matter experts, at your location.

How to book

Contact us on E: InHouseTraining@cipfa.org or T: 020 7543 5600.

About the programme

The Treasury “Five Case/Better Business Case Model” is rapidly becoming the expected standard for public sector business cases.

This one-day training course seeks to demystify business cases to help you improve the way you use them. It covers: the real purpose of business cases; how to match the process to the nature, size and risks of the decisions being made; and the main elements that you need to include in your process.

The course does not go into technical or financial detail as it is designed to appeal to all levels of staff.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at a range of job roles:

  • Senior managers and decision-makers who are accountable for business case decisions.
  • Professionals in policy, procurement, finance and programme/ project managers who develop business cases.

Format and duration

The course includes facilitated group discussions and exercises using case studies and examples.

The day normally begins at 09:30 and ends at 16:00 with breaks for lunch and refreshments. This can be adjusted, depending on your needs.

Extend your learning

If you are interested in developing your knowledge further, the course can lead to the Better Business Cases Foundation and Practitioner qualification courses.

Financial professions will also be interested in the more technical Business Cases and Costing for Financial Staff course.

Course content

Below is the typical course outline, which can be tailored to meet your and your team’s needs.

Introduction and overview

  • An introduction to public sector business cases – the problems and opportunities.
  • Overview of the Better Business Cases approach and its underlying logic.
  • The roles involved in developing business cases.

The stages of development of the five cases

  • The Strategic, Outline and Full or final business cases and how they are developed iteratively.
  • Key decision points and review “gates” in the stages.

Practical issues in business case development

  • The involvement of stakeholders and the use of workshops in the process.
  • Common problems to look for when developing and assessing business cases.
  • How business cases fit between strategic policy making and programmes and projects.

Implanting a business case process in an organisation

  • A measured approach that emphasises the benefits and governance advantages.
  • Typical stumbling blocks and how to manage them.

CPD hours

This course carries seven CPD hours.





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