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Foundations of OR: Data Envelopment Analysis

  Ref. 621  
  Prof Victor Podinovski, Loughborough University
  6 February 2019, Birmingham
  £575 + VAT Members
  £625 + VAT Non-members



Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is an established nonparametric methodology used to assess the efficiency, performance and productivity of organisations. There are numerous reported applications of DEA, including in the public and private sectors. The former includes applications to schools, universities, hospitals, local governments, police forces and so on. The latter includes applications to banking, manufacturing, agriculture and airlines, as well as various regulated utilities.

An important feature of the DEA methodology is that it can account for multiple inputs (such as labour and expenditure) and outputs (such as production and service levels), and also include various socio-economic (environmental) and quality indicators, in one model. This makes DEA a very attractive methodology for evaluation exercises in the public sector where there exists no single measure of performance.

In this session we’ll give a general introduction to the notions of efficiency of organisations and consider several established DEA models used for the analysis. Theoretical development will be supported by practical exercises, including a case study of interest to the public service. Participants will learn how to apply DEA methodology using Excel Solver.

The objectives for the day are to:

  • understand the main ideas and concepts of efficiency assessment of organisations;
  • discuss the main DEA models and contexts in which these could be applied;
  • obtain practical experience with the formulation of DEA models and their solution using Excel Solver;
  • appreciate the advantages and limitations of the DEA methodology; and
  • learn how the results of DEA models could inform better decision and policy making.

The topics covered will include:

  • basic concepts of efficiency analysis, the main DEA models and their specification;
  • using Excel Solver to solve DEA models;
  • interpretation of results in a way useful for decision makers; and
  • addressing typical problems arising in some applications of DEA.

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