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About this site


This website is designed to inform state and local public infrastructure project decision makers when the use of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) infrastructure procurement and delivery model makes sense for their constituents. On this site, you'll find information about the different types of P3s as well as interactive decision tree tools to help you evaluate which procurement method should be used for your project.

Who we are

We are a team of researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Our team lead is Phil Gildan, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (2017-2018) and principal shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, P.A., who has over 30 years of experience with public-private partnerships and public infrastructure procurement and construction. Co-authors on this project include Laura O'Connell, Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate 2019, Nancy Torres, Joint MPP and Harvard Business School MBA 2020, and Brendan Chia, MPP 2019. To create this resource, we conducted extensive interviews with industry experts, infrastructure practitioners, financiers, and bond underwriters; surveyed the literature on public-private partnerships; and analyzed major projects from the U.S. and abroad.

About the tools

The questions and responses in the tools are designed with an eye towards large scale primary infrastructure, such as transportation, roads and bridges, public utilities, and ports and airports. Questions and answers may apply to other infrastructure categories, like schools, housing, and internet connectivity.

We will guide you through a number of technical, financial, legislative and political considerations that may guide your analysis and decision of whether a P3 model could work for your infrastructure project. Your responses will lead to recommendations for each category based on a proprietary algorithm. Each tool will refresh if you navigate away from the page. To learn about Value for Money Analysis, an alternative tool to decide between traditional and P3 procurement methods, click here.

Note that you may need to spend time researching the answers to questions. The end goal is to help you pick an infrastructure delivery model that works best for your project.


This website and the interactive responses generated are not intended as legal, financial or technical advice, nor as recommended action, but are intended only as a non-analytic exercise that might potentially provide information and insight that a governmental entity and its legal, financial and technical advisers might find illuminating when analyzing a potential infrastructure project and the range of possible procurement and financing options available for such project. The website and the interactive responses do not reflect the opinions or advice of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government or the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and the interactive responses may not be relied upon by any participant utilizing the interactive tools with respect to any decisions made by the participant for an infrastructure project.

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