Topic 1 What are the goals of a social impact assessment?

“Social impacts are intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions.” (IAIA, 2009)

Figure 1: source from Clark et al. (2004)

Initially, each start-up enterprise, should set its own target for what impact wishes to achieve.

The goal of the impact assessment is to evaluate the degree to which the afformented target has been achieved, as well as any additional impact caused by the activities of the enterprise.

As an outcome, the strategy of the company can be adjusted to reflect a more ecologically,  socio-culturally and  economically sustainable and equitable environment.

  • Impact assessment promotes community development and empowerment, builds capacity,  and develops social capital (i.e. social networks and trust).

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