Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Edited by Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli
Chapter 8: Social impact assessment
Social impact assessment (SIA) faces a persisting difficulty in becoming a fully established practice leading some to nickname it ‘the orphan of the assessment process’. Taking the concept of social impacts as its starting point, this chapter provides an overview of the SIA experience both as a support to policy-making and as an instrument to assess and manage the social consequences of specific projects. The author concludes with some remarks on how to reconcile SIA with other types of impact assessment and increase its relevance in policy appraisal.
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