Social impact assessment definition

social impact assessment
(ˈsəʊʃəl ˈɪmpækt əˈsɛsmənt)

The  process of analysing, monitoring and managing the 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. Its primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment.

Source: International Association of Impact Assessment

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