Measuring policies with the Social Impact Assessment Framework: Opportunities and challenges
International Association for Impact Assessement
School of Arts and Humanities
Social impact assessment (SIA) is still evolving as a stand-alone discipline. While interest in SIA has steadily increased in the last three decades, the focus has largely been on resource-type projects. This paper is an introduction to a new discussion on adapting the current SIA framework for policy-assessment purposes and is based on Adusei-Asante and colleagues’ (2016) ‘Impact assessment of university-fee deregulation on prospective regional university students in Western Australia’. Drawing on this study, we argue that the current SIA framework can be used to measure the social implications of policies. However, developing an SIA framework for assessing policies or adapting the current one for that purpose would require: (1) consideration of impactees’ knowledge of the relevant proposed policy, and (2) the use of social-research methods and theories as well as terminologies applied in the specific policy area
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