The Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand Impact Assessment Symposium brings together practitioners, regulators and researchers to discuss, collaborate and propose solutions to the critical issue of how we can ensure Impact Assessment delivers nature positive outcomes that protect our land within a rapidly changing world.
Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective – some critical questions
Presenting on ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective – some critical questions’, Richard’s technical paper identifies and unpacks critical questions regarding various attributes of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) including: the application of SIA principles; the qualifications of authors; whether community engagement is meaningful or superficial; whether social science methods are sound; whether claims are credible or unsubstantiated; whether data are missing, selective, misleading, or misrepresentative; and whether mitigation, monitoring, and management measures are appropriate.
Considering these questions can help support practitioner seeking to address regulatory requirements for Social Impact Assessment and enhance impartial, independent, and methodologically rigorous qualities in their practice.
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