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Publication: Highways benchmarking: pavement condition
CEPA, alongside TRL, have twice been commissioned by the Office of Rail and Road to assess how pavement condition is measured.
CaseStudy: Highways - Efficiency review for the Office of Rail and Road
CEPA commissioned to support review of Highways England’s proposed efficiencies and to perform a high-level analysis of the deliverability of the proposed enhancement programme.
Publication: Emission controls on trucks in BritainDownload PDF
Ivan Viehoff's briefing note about emission controls, including decarbonisation, of freight transport in Britain over the next 30 years.
CaseStudy: Technical support to AGRA’s policy team on micro reforms
CEPA was appointed by AGRA to provide additional training and technical support provided to its Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) team.
CaseStudy: Competitiveness assessment of the Tanzanian tea sector
CEPA worked together with the Wood Foundation to complete a comprehensive study of the competitiveness the tea sector in Tanzania.
CaseStudy: Evaluation of community, human rights and gender interventions
CEPA was appointed to develop an evaluation framework and methodology to help the Stop TB Partnership to evaluate its community, human rights and gender focused work.
CaseStudy: Setting Highways England’s Performance Specification
CEPA has been advising the Department for Transport about how to set the performance regime which is used to monitor and assess the performance of Highways England.
CaseStudy: Technical support to complete impact assessments of investments
CEPA, in partnership with Kantar Public East Africa, was engaged by the IFC and GAFSP to assess the impact of multiple investments in Tanzania and Senegal.
CaseStudy: Monitoring of Gavi Market Shaping Externalities
As part of its Supply and Procurement Strategy for 2016-2020, Gavi committed to monitor any negative and positive unintended consequences, so-called externalities, that could arise from its market shaping activity.
CaseStudy: Evaluation of Gavi health system strengthening support to Nepal
Gavi commissioned an evaluation of its Health System Strengthening (HSS) support to Nepal through the pooled funding mechanism.
Publication: Some lessons from technology-neutral auctions for low-carbon electricity generation
In this briefing note, we explore how successful technology-neutral auctions for electricity generation have been in the past and discuss some key lessons.
CaseStudy: Capacity Auction Monitoring for Capacity Market in Ireland and Northern Ireland
Since 2017, we have been the Capacity Auction Monitor (“Monitor”) for the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRM) for the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM).
CaseStudy: Cost-benefit analysis of new interconnectors in Ireland
Our cost-benefit analysis for the electricity interconnectors demonstrated that increasing the interconnection of Ireland to other markets is expensive but the benefits are likely to outweigh the costs.
CaseStudy: Authorised Push Payment scams
Working with the industry and the regulator to summarise responses to a draft code.
The Authorised Push Payment (APP) Scams Steering Group (which was set up by the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) and consisted of representatives from the payments industry and consumer groups, with regulators and government also participating as observers) had published a draft contingent reimbursement model (CRM) code for APP scams and invited responses to 23 separate questions.
CEPA was commissioned to summarise the responses from banks, consumer groups and individuals into a concise written format, which identified the key issues for the Steering Group to consider. We also reviewed the submissions for any confidential or commercially sensitive information. Over 30 responses were reviewed, varying in length from a few pages to over 20. The work was completed within two weeks and we attended the next Steering Group to present our findings.
CaseStudy: Modelling ROI on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child & adolescent health & nutrition interventions
CEPA conducted a modelling of the Global Financing Facility’s return on investment for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH-N) interventions.
CaseStudy: Estimating the value of lost load for electricity in Europe
We were asked by the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to conduct a study on the estimation of the value of lost load (VoLL) for electricity supply in Europe.
Publication: The capacity market five-year review - some key questions
Some of the key questions that stakeholders should be asking as part of the UK Government's much-anticipated review of the electricity capacity market are set out in a briefing note.
CaseStudy: Airport capacity strategy
CEPA’s contribution to this study on delivering the future airport capacity requirements in Ireland for the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport set out the decisions Ireland has to make, and the timing, to come to a good decision on the future capacity requirements of Dublin Airport.
Publication: Cybersecurity in the energy sector: what does it mean for network regulation?Download PDF
Read our briefing note to learn more about what the key issues might be in the next RIIO price controls.
CaseStudy: Assessing the impact of equal transmission charging treatment with gas storage
Our analysis demonstrated that applying equal charging treatment at Bacton IP as for GB storage would further the interests of GB consumers through lower gas prices.
CaseStudy: Making markets for children with HIV
Our evaluation of the impact of Unitaid's support for treating children living with HIV demonstrated the pivotal role the organisation had in creating a market for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) medicine.
CaseStudy: Framework for integration of disease programmes into health systems
CEPA was commissioned by the Global Fund to develop a framework and diagnostic tool for assessing governance-level bottlenecks to the integration of disease programmes into national health systems.
Publication: RIIO-1 price control framework and performance reviewDownload PDF
Ahead of the RIIO-2 price controls, Ofgem wanted to gather insights on the outcomes of the RIIO-1 regulatory framework. At the end of 2017, the regulator commissioned CEPA to review the RIIO price control framework applied to the first set of RIIO price controls.
CaseStudy: Econometric benchmarking for Ofwat
CEPA was commissioned by Ofwat to develop a suite of econometric models focusing on different parts of the value chain in order to determine the efficient level of costs allowed for companies under each of the binding price control settlements for PR19.
CaseStudy: Mid-term evaluation of the Unitaid “Self-testing Africa (STAR)” project
CEPA was appointed to review the implementation of the first phase of Unitaid’s HIV self-testing grant to identify areas that worked well and those that worked less well, determine the extent to which the project achieved its intended impacts.
CaseStudy: Advisory support to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
CEPA was asked to carry out an analysis of the factors affecting provision of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) for Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent related health programmes (SRMNCAH).
Publication: What should regulators make of big data?
In almost every market one can think of, people are talking about the application of big data analytics and machine learning. Energy and other utilities are no different.
Publication: Going electric: How to incentivise the efficient deployment of electric vehicles
In our briefing, we examine how the regulatory framework implied by Ofgem’s strategy would affect one of the main drivers of the change: electric vehicles (EVs).
Publication: Positive winds for offshore - But don’t get blown over just yet
Following the announcement of the results for Round 2 of the CfD auction, we explore in this briefing what they mean for the offshore wind energy sector and the deployment of renewable electricity generation.
CaseStudy: Review of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control
CEPA was appointed by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) to conduct an independent review of the revitalised Task Force.
CaseStudy: Setting of allowed revenues for the gas transmission & distribution
As part of a consortium, CEPA advised on setting allowed revenues for Gas Networks Ireland’s (GNI) TSO and DSO businesses over the PC4 price control period.
CaseStudy: Evaluation of the ‘Improving Severe Malaria Outcomes’ project
CEPA was appointed to conduct a mid-term and an end-term review of Unitaid’s “Improving Severe Malaria Outcomes” project.
CaseStudy: Expert advice on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector
We provided expert advice to Ofcom on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector.
CaseStudy: Approach to customer segmentation in the water sector
CEPA was engaged by Ofwat to build an evidence base on approaches to customer segmentation and possible data sources to inform approaches to residential customer segmentation.
Case study: Value-chain analysis to support investment in agribusiness
CaseStudy: Development of a national water strategy for Panama
The English Embassy in Panama engaged CEPA to evaluate the challenges faced by the water and sanitation sector.
CaseStudy: Assessment of a regulatory framework for retail
We were asked by an economic regulator of the energy sector, to develop a framework for assessing whether their domestic retail energy market was delivering good customer outcomes.
CaseStudy: Evaluating the social and economic impact of investments in wastewater
CEPA conducted a literature review of methodological approaches to evaluate economic and social impact of investments in the wastewater sector.
CaseStudy: Review of readiness for retail market opening
CaseStudy: Development of Global Strategy for Womens’, Childrens’ & Adolescents’ Health
CEPA supported the PMNCH’s Consultation on the Global Financing Facility in conducting a global consultation process and producing a report.
CaseStudy: Learning agenda – Gavi’s new country engagement framework
CEPA was appointed by Gavi to capture feedback and document lessons during the early implementation phase of Gavi’s new country engagement framework approach.
CaseStudy: Enabling flexibility in the GB electricity market
The advice provided to a GB electricity distribution company in relation to smart networks and flexible energy systems helped our client advance their position with the regulator and government.
CaseStudy: Development of Gavi application guidelines
CEPA was commissioned to develop Gavi’s Application Guidelines and Forms for 2016 and 2017.
CaseStudy: Meta-review of Gavi health systems strengthening (HSS) country evaluations
CEPA conducted a meta-review of 14 country evaluations of Gavi HSS support in order to inform Gavi’s review of its HSS window of support.
Publication: Alternative approaches for setting the cost of debt
CEPA were commissioned by two UK economic regulators to look at alternative approaches that could be used in regulatory determinations for the cost of debt allowance.
Case study: Estimating a shadow value of water
CaseStudy: Open Access funding for publication system in Switzerland
CEPA was asked by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to recommend a funding model that would allow for a complete transition to an Open Access (OA) publication system in Switzerland by 2020-2024.
CaseStudy: Financing the Universal Postal ServiceDownload PDF
We have helped Ofcom (and previously Postcomm) think through how best to ensure that Royal Mail is able to deliver the Universal Service in a financially sustainable manner.
Publication: Thames Tideway Tunnel & the cost of capitalDownload PDF
In 2015, Ofwat awarded the licence for the Thames Tideway Tunnel. As part of the announcement, Ofwat stated the cost of capital that will apply during the construction period of the project (the 'bid WACC') would be 2.497%.
CaseStudy: Prospective evaluation design for the Bangladesh Home Fortification Project
CEPA supported CIF with an evaluation of the Bangladesh Home Fortification Project, aimed at reducing anaemia among young children.
CaseStudy: Economic assessment of the Future Charging Model for cheque processing
Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC) appointed CEPA to provide an economic assessment of the proposed funding and charging methodology for this new Image Clearing System (ICS).
CaseStudy: Evaluation of the Stop TB Partnership
CEPA was appointed to undertake a Value for Money (VfM) evaluation of the Stop TB Partnership covering the period 2007 to 2013.
CaseStudy: Financial and economic analysis of Morocco’s water leakage reduction objective
CEPA was hired by the World Bank to review Morocco's submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
CaseStudy: Merger support in the water sector
CEPA supported Ofwat in the CMA inquiry into the merger of South West Water and Bournemouth Water.
CaseStudy: Support to higher education institutions during negotiations with publishers of academic journals
CEPA provided support to the JISC Collections to help them conduct negotiations on behalf of the UK's higher education institutions.
CaseStudy: Review of Leased Lines Charge Review Model
CEPA were asked by Ofcom to carry out a review of its 2016 Leased Lines Charge Control modelling developed for the purpose of setting charge controls for the three years from 2016/17 to 2018/19.
CaseStudy: Modelling the economics of academic publishing for the Publishing Research Consortium
CEPA was commissioned for a study on the economics of academic publishing.
CaseStudy: Innovative financing mechanisms for malaria elimination
CEPA was appointed to review current financing trends for malaria eliminating countries and consider suitable innovative financing mechanisms that could be developed to support malaria elimination.
CaseStudy: Review of Unitaid’s Medicines Patent Pool (MPP)
CEPA undertook a review to closely assess the strategic direction, positioning and operations of the MPP.
CaseStudy: Informing the development of water access charging methodologies
CEPA was commissioned by CC Water to provide a report on possible approaches to access pricing in the water sector in light of the reforms being introduced to make the sector more competitive.
CaseStudy: Review of Digital Terrestrial Television decision for TV3
CaseStudy: Evaluation of the Norway India Partnership Initiative
CEPA was appointed by the Evaluation Department at Norad to conduct a process evaluation of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) with the aim to reduce child and maternal mortality.
CaseStudy: Investment case for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
The purpose of the assignment was to prepare an investment case for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems, to serve as a key advocacy document to garner support for and investment in, CRVS systems.
Publication: Mid-term evaluation of the Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative
In 2011-12, CEPA was appointed to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the TB REACH initiative.
CaseStudy: Mid-term review of GAIN’s Infant and Young Child Nutrition programme
CEPA conducted a mid-term review of GAIN’s Infant and Young Child Nutrition programme.
Publication: Evaluation of Gavi Phase II
A consortium led by CEPA carried out the second evaluation of Gavi. The evaluation assessed Gavi’s performance since inception, focusing on the period between 2006 and 2009.
CaseStudy: Market Dynamics Study on drugs and diagnostics for communicable diseases
CEPA was commissioned by the Global Fund to conduct a Market Dynamics Study focusing on seven product areas (drugs and diagnostics for the three disease areas, and Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets).
CaseStudy: Review of financial models for Postcomm
Postcomm asked CEPA to review two of its financial models, to improve their robustness and confidence in their results. One of the models was to be published, making it particularly important that the model was well-designed and reliable.
CaseStudy: Evaluation of cooperation agreements between health organisations
The Global Fund commissioned CEPA to conduct an evaluation of its Cooperation Agreements with WHO and the Stop TB Partnership on the provision of technical assistance to support the development of country concept notes and grant-making.
CaseStudy: Thematic review to assess an approach to investing in resilient & sustainable systems for health
CEPA conducted a thematic review to assess the Global Fund’s current approach to investments in Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH).
The specific aims of this review on RSSH were to assess implementation of the current RSSH investments at country level (across various settings, including transition countries); review complementarity of the investments with domestic and other donor efforts in order to achieve sustainable impact; review country and partner perceptions on the effectiveness of RSSH investments; and provide recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of Global Fund RSSH support.
CaseStudy: Understanding the distributional impacts of time-of-use tariffs on consumers’ bills
CaseStudy: A guidance tool for National Infrastructure Banks and related facilities
We developed a reference tool which examined areas where National Infrastructure Banks could play a catalytic role.
CaseStudy: Mobilising finance for infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia
Our research for DFID highlighted the need for public institutions to create bankable infrastructure projects to unlock funds available from the private sector.
CaseStudy: Financing UK infrastructure
CaseStudy: Strategic support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group
We advised the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to focus on addressing project development constraints and facilitate local currency finance under its new Five-Year Strategic Plan.