Conceptualising the effectiveness of impact assessment processes

Chaunjit Chanchitpricha, A. Bond

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Abstract

This paper aims at conceptualising the effectiveness of impact assessment processes through the development of a literature-based framework of criteria to measure impact assessment effectiveness. Four categories of effectiveness were established: procedural, substantive, transactive and normative, each containing a number of criteria; no studies have previously brought together all four of these categories into such a comprehensive, criteria-based framework and undertaken systematic evaluation of practice. The criteria can be mapped within a cycle/or cycles of evaluation, based on the 'logic model', at the stages of input, process, output and outcome to enable the identification of connections between the criteria across the categories of effectiveness. This framework is considered to have potential application in measuring the effectiveness of many impact assessment processes, including strategic environmental assessment (SEA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), social impact assessment (SIA) and health impact assessment (HIA).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Procedural effectiveness
  • Substantive effectiveness
  • Transactive effectiveness
  • Normative effectiveness
  • impact assessment tools
  • logic model

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