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Evaluating Integrated Impact Assessments

Objective

Impact Assessment (IA) aims to support the policy process by informing decision makers, stimulating interdisciplinary cooperation, and supporting early consultation between different administrations and with stakeholders. However, IA may also have undesirable effects on the regulatory process, for example by enabling early lobbying activities, by delaying decisions, or by legitimising decisions that were not open to a public debate. One of the key challenges of IA is that it combines a number of different functions analysis, transparency, participation, and integration between which there may be tensions.

Furthermore, IA encounters particular methodological challenges where new approaches to regulation are concerned. In this context, EVIA evaluates the use of IA procedures. It will be analysed if IA is an effective and efficient approach to committing regulatory units to generic objectives such as the improvement of competitiveness, the integration of environmental concerns or the consideration of social aspects. This includes the analysis of the question of the effect of IA procedures on actual policy decisions. The re-search will explore the institutional factors of successful IA, and which tools and methods have been proven to be useful.

To determine the conditions for successful IA the project will
1) develop a framework to assess the quality of IAs;
2) study different approaches to IA in different countries regarding their institutional, procedural and substantial requirements and the use of tools and methods on different types of regulations; and
3) conduct a survey on a large number of IAs for an empirical validation of the case study results.

As a result, good practices will be identified with regard to institutional procedures (e.g. help desks, manuals, mechanisms of quality control) and to the use of methods and tools for IA in different institutional settings. It will be assessed which approaches are best suited for different types of regulations.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Address
Kaiserswertherstrasse 16-18
Berlin
Germany

Participants (6)

AVANZI SRL
Italy
Address
Via Bassano Del Grappa 22
Milan
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
28 Queen Anne's Gate
London
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Address
Northcote House, The Queen's Drive
Exeter
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
ZENTRUM FÜR EUROPÄISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH (ZEW) MANNHEIM
Germany
Address
L 7, 1
Mannheim