Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Taylor & Francis
Centre for People, Place and Planet
Building upon principles for public engagement and for impact assessment (IA) follow-up, this paper distils best practice principles specific to public participation in IA follow-up. Literature review, followed by a simple survey distributed to IA follow-up and/or public engagement practitioners, helped identify key principles and related published sources. Twelve principles for public participation in IA follow-up are presented, which relate to (1) mandatory public reporting, (2) ease of access to published material, (3) full transparency, (4) clarity about the IA follow-up process, (5) input to decision-making, (6) continuous access to IA follow-up activities and feedback, (7) independent verification, (8) two-way communication, (9) partnerships, (10) Indigenous inclusion, (11) participatory monitoring, and (12) involvement in adaptive management. They form a ladder of public engagement; the initial principles pertain mainly to information provision, with increasing levels of participation and legitimacy inherent in the latter principles. The principles are intended to provide a foundation for practitioners and community members involved in IA follow-up to enhance practice at all stages of the development life cycle, helping to achieve sustainable development.
Available for download on Monday, September 11, 2023
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT APPRAISAL on 11/09/2022, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14615517.2022.2119527
Morrison-Saunders, A., Arts, J., Pope, J., Bond, A., & Retief, F. (2023). Distilling best practice principles for public participation in impact assessment follow-up. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 41(1), 48-58.