Impact assessment – Compliance and beyond

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What is impact assessment? 

Impact assessment is a structured, evidence-based study that seeks to measure the actual and potential effectiveness of the policy, projects, and programmes with relevance and sustainability. However, impact assessment is a systematic social research methodology in which the pros and cons of the development initiatives for the affected beneficiaries and/or a whole community or various operational processes are studied and analysed.

Impact assessments are not always straightforward, and measuring social change is always complex

Impact assessment establishes a relationship between an organisation’s inputs, outputs, and intended/unintended outcomes. The choice of evaluation methods and the specific indicators depend on the nature of the project, available resources, and the project’s goals.