Benefit Reporting Guideline and Processes Project - BC-356

Preferred Disciplines: Business or Data Analytics; Desired level: Master or Post-Doctoral
Project length:  4-6 months
Desired start date: ASAP
Location: Vancouver, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Language: English
Company: BCNET


About Company:

BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared information technology services organization that represents the interests of our members––colleges, universities and research institutes in British Columbia. We continuously engage with our members to explore, evaluate and develop solutions that meet their unique needs. Our aim is to build value through collaboration, drive down costs, maximize efficiencies and further the mission of our members.

Project Description:

Collaborative services in public post secondary education sector can lead to significant savings (direct benefits) and a range of intangible benefits (indirect benefits). Some can be quantified (such as savings, rebates) while others are more intangible (such as improved service delivery, reduced duplication).

We wish to develop a process to measure and report on the savings and benefits delivered to individual institutions as well as the sector from the range of collaborative activities and services undertaken by BCNET. 

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

As the leading higher education shared services organisation in Canada, we are challenged by our stakeholders to demonstrate the value we deliver to them individually as well as to the sector. Through this project/initiative we plan to develop a benefit/value demonstration model that can serve as an exemplar for collaborative shared services organiations. The research objectives include:

  • Identify effective methodolgies to accurately describe the type of savings and benefits derived from BCNET to its members and the sector
  • Outline the factors that need to be considered when measuring savings and benefits
  • Develop a clear and transparent process to measure direct and indirect savings and benefits
  • Engage stakeholders effectively to ensure that there is agreement on the process and the outcome


The approach may include but not limited to:

  • Analyze various public and private sector models, archetypes and techniques to collect and normalize data that can be used in a universal and comparative manner
  • Benchmark and survey organizations to explore methods and avenues in calculating and collecting cost savings/cost avoidance data
  • Develop and present models, guidelines and process options with a view to ease and timeliness of reporting and benchmarking
  • Recommend the model that provides the most useful and accurate representation of savings and benefits for members
  • Continuously engage the stakeholders in the development of the model

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Business Process Mapping
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • Skakeholder engagement


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