Social impact assessment: The state of the art

Esteves, Ana Maria, Franks, Daniel and Vanclay, Frank (2012) Social impact assessment: The state of the art. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30 1: 35-44. doi:10.1080/14615517.2012.660356

Author Esteves, Ana Maria
Franks, Daniel
Vanclay, Frank
Title Social impact assessment: The state of the art
Journal name Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-5517
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14615517.2012.660356
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 44
Total pages 10
Editor A. Bond
J. Pope
Place of publication Guildford, Surrey, U.K.
Publisher Beech Tree Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Social impact assessment (SIA) is now conceived as being the process of managing the social issues of development. There is consensus on what ‘good’ SIA practice is – it is participatory; it supports affected peoples, proponents and regulatory agencies; it increases understanding of change and capacities to respond to change; it seeks to avoid and mitigate negative impacts and to enhance positive benefits across the life cycle of developments; and it emphasizes enhancing the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. We analyse the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing SIA. We assert that the SIA community needs to revisit core concepts, such as culture, community, power, human rights, gender, justice, place, resilience and sustainable livelihoods. It is incumbent on SIA practitioners to educate proponents, regulators and colleagues about these concepts, and to embed them into practice norms. Stronger engagement with the emerging trends of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); human rights impact assessment; social performance standards; supply chain management; governance; local content and economic development will improve the relevance and demonstrable value of SIA to all stakeholders.
Keyword Social impact assessment
Impact and benefit agreements
Community development agreements
Social impact management plan
Social sustainability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: 'Impact Assessment: a global review of the state-of-the art'.

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Created: Mon, 23 Jan 2012, 10:40:39 EST by Dr Daniel Franks on behalf of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining