Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment
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Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment

Edited by Nora Götzmann

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) has increasingly gained traction among state, business and civil society actors since the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011. This timely and insightful Handbook addresses HRIA in the context of business and human rights.
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Chapter 20: Measuring business impacts on human rights: Practice and trends in the use of indicators for HRIA

Cathrine Bloch Veiberg, Gabriela Factor and Jacqueline R. Tedaldi

Abstract

This chapter examines the selection, design and use of indicators to measure project-level human rights impacts. Generally, literature has focused on human rights indicators from the perspective of the state. More recently, there has been a movement towards measuring and reporting initiatives that address the impact of business on human rights. However, these initiatives often lack the ability to measure actual outcomes at the project level. This chapter considers how the application of indicators in human rights impact assessment (HRIA) may be useful at the project level to measure outcomes. The chapter explores the role of different types of indicators and how they can be used at various stages of the HRIA process, as well as how lessons from other fields of impact assessment might improve the use of indicators in HRIA. The chapter concludes with a discussion on dilemmas and opportunities for improving the use of human rights indicators in impact assessment.

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