Value for Money

Also now available – additional modules – on CBA, VfM and evaluation and VfM and complexity

What does it mean? Why do you care? How to achieve it!

One day training course


London Online: 21 April 2021 and Sheffield Online: 16 September 2021 (Click on date to book)

The cost is £425 £185 (exc. VAT) (online 2021 pricing) per delegate.

Who is this training for?


Anyone who wants to better understand Value for Money concepts to improve VfM, do VfM analysis and/or report on VfM.

Learning outcomes


To appreciate and apply VfM concepts to a range of situations. To set up the right questions around value for money and understand the use of VfM approaches to answer these questions appropriately and in a feasible and meaningful way. To be able to communicate with a range of audiences on VfM issues.

Outline of the course


  • What is VfM? Including the 3E model and 4E (3E+Equity)
  • Framing a meaningful question: to create a proportionate VfM approach
  • The key VfM concepts: inputs, costs, outputs, outcomes, impacts
  • The art of the possible: assess opportunities and limitations for VfM analysis
  • Evidence and metrics: the building blocks of VfM understanding
  • Simplicity and communicating VfM: homing in on essential messages
  • Looking back: working with tools and ideas in delegates’ contexts


You will leave the course ready to immediately apply a new perspective on what you do every day. You will be equipped to think about VfM in practical and creative ways and have learned to explain and demonstrate VfM ideas to others, talk about how they are being applied and create, communicate and explain the results of analysis.

Practical details


This training is a one-day course held in Central London, Sheffield or Edinburgh. currently being held online only.

Current dates: London Online: 21 April 2021 and Sheffield Online: 16 September 2021 (Click on date to book)

Training runs from a 0900h registration starting at 0930h prompt, breaking for lunch at 1245h and finishing at 1630h. There are breaks in morning and afternoon according to the programme and courses involve breakout or discussion sessions to aid concentration and optimise learning.

The cost is £425 £185 (online 2021 pricing exc. VAT) per delegate.

This training is also available as in-house (delivered remotely) sessions which can help with discussing sensitive topics. Costs are negotiable (but always give a discount on the individual delegate rates) and we can offer the tailoring of course material to specific requirements.

Course detail


Morning sessions

What is VfM?

Who is in the room? Delegates will be able to share why they are there and what they hope to get out of the day. The importance and use of VfM will be explored through the examples of delegates’ own working contexts.

The 3E model: does it apply to you? The 3E model of economy, efficiency and effectiveness is explained and explored in the delegates’ own contexts.

Framing a meaningful question

How to create a proportionate VfM approach by considering the fundamentals of why VfM is important and how its meaning and use vary.

The fundamental elements of VfM

The classic VfM concepts of inputs, costs, outputs, outcomes and impacts are introduced. A table exercise and debrief to explore the importance of starting VfM work at the strategic level.

The art of the possible

An examination of commonly used tools in the VfM arena, understanding where and how they are applied and their limitations. How to assess opportunities, and keep feasibility, when handling VfM questions.

Afternoon sessions

Using metrics to build analysis

An introduction to the core of VfM analysis and a short exercise to explore the many levels of  insight that can be layered within even a basic VfM analysis.

Simplicity and communicating VfM

This session moves away from technicality to take the VfM concept to its simplest level. Exploring with delegates’ examples and case studies how simple VfM analysis can be and still keep its power. Why this is often the best starting (and sometimes endpoint) when communicating VfM.

Looking back

An interactive session using small groups. Checking back to see how the tools and ideas relate to delegates’ contexts.

Take-away points and tomorrow’s changes

This final session will be an interactive session to create a list of take away points for delegates. Delegates will also be encouraged to note down “tomorrow’s changes” as to what they will do when they go back to work to start using the learning that they have gained during the training.


Current dates: London Online: 21 April 2021 and Sheffield Online: 31 March 2021 (Click on date to book)