Alina Ostroverch

Alina is an economist with over 6 years’ professional experience in the UK’s Government Economic Service. She joined PPMI as a researcher in spring 2017. She has analytical expertise in occupational health and safety as well as transport policy areas, as she has worked in the UK’s non-ministerial executive agency Health and Safety Executive as well as the Department for Transport of the UK. Alina has specialised in applied microeconomic analysis such as cost benefit analysis and impact assessments both on a national and international level (UK law and EU Directives). In addition, Alina has worked on strategic transport modelling, forecasting and appraisal to shape transport investment policies. Furthermore, in her value for money and analytical assurance role Alina has been making sure that analysis carried out by the whole Department for Transport is robust, transparent and appropriately communicated to ministers and investment boards. She has been promoting culture change by embedding the Department’s analytical assurance framework ‘Strength in Numbers’ and scrutinising investment business cases. During her career in the UK, Alina has worked in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, working closely with policy advisors, inspectors, social researchers, statisticians, transport modellers, epidemiologists, academics and private sector practitioners. As a result, she has learned to adopt technical language to non-specialists and apply social science to real life situations to promote evidence-based decision making. Alina is currently coordinating a study to support an impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive.

 

Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: occupational health and safety policy, wider transport and transport investment policy, health economics and environmental economics, as well as value for money and analytical assurance in cross-cutting policy areas.
  • Methods: ex-ante (appraisal) and ex-post (evaluation) of regulatory, non-regulatory and investment government policies, cost benefit analysis, impact assessments, transport demand modelling and forecasting, Excel, business case scrutiny, stakeholder engagement, some experience in interviews, quantitative and statistical analysis and multicriteria analysis.

 

Education

  • BSc in Economics and Finance, University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 2009

  

Selected projects

  • Study to support impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/EEC) (DG EMPL)

 

Other

  • Member of Government Economic Service Fast Stream, 2009-2015
  • Completed Continuous Professional Development scheme on the Government Economic Service Fast Stream for technical and soft skills, for example, a Master’s level HAPPPIA course (How to Appraise Policies, Programmes and Projects and Impact Assessments). Also completed a yearly job rotation programme within and across government ministries and agencies (six different posts across two ministries).
  • Better Business Case certificate by APMG-International, 2015
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