Who we are

Leadership Team

Overall responsibility for this project rests with our four‐member Leadership Team: Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt (Harvard University), Dean Jamison (University of California, San Francisco), and David de Ferranti (Results for Development Institute). We are assisted by several research staff, listed below, as well as by our Advisory Group. We are very grateful for the feedback provided by numerous individuals who commented on our work.

Lisa A. Robinson (Principal Investigator) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is affiliated with the Center for Health Decision Science and the Center for Risk Analysis. Her research focuses on the conduct of benefit‐cost analysis, particularly for policies with outcomes that cannot be fully valued using market measures.


James K. Hammitt (Co‐Principal Investigator) is Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he is affiliated with the Center for Health Decision Science and directs the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. His research concerns the development and application of quantitative methods for evaluating health and environmental policies.



Dean Jamison is Professor Emeritus of Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco. He has long been a distinguished and influential practitioner of benefit‐cost analysis in global health and development, leading numerous major efforts to evaluate investments and set priorities such as the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Disease Control Priorities project.



David de Ferranti founded the Results for Development Institute (R4D) in 2008, and is now the Chair of its Board and a Senior Fellow. He is a renowned expert in the successful implementation of innovative initiatives to reduce poverty and improve well‐being globally.




Research Staff


Fangli Geng                               Cristina Munk


Lucy O’Keeffe                       Bryan Patenaude