Impact assessments play an integral part in the development and implementation of policy, projects and programmes, as well as strategic development, planning and good administration.  They help to anticipate what is needed in terms of resources, personnel and actions, and to estimate ahead of time the likelihood of achieving successful outcomes and avoiding failure. Impact assessments do this by developing a theory of change and using the best available evidence to identify what is required to deliver successful outcomes.

Centred on interactive learning, this one day workshop imparts the skills to ensure your impact assessments are carried out in line with best practice, and that they get the green light and appropriate sign-off.

Run this Impact Assessments course for your team In-House to gain insights and acquire practical tools to immediately support your work. Return to work with the confidence to deliver better policy and decision making based on sound evidence and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the theory: what impact assessments are and what is the rationale for undertaking them
  • Understand different meanings of impact and how they are assessed
  • Learn about theory of change analysis
  • Review the different types of impact assessments: economic, social, environmental, and statutory
  • Work through specific impact assessment tests to gain experience and embed best-practice
  • Improve your ability to understand options appraisal and gather appropriate evidence, including cost-benefit analysis
  • Leave feeling confident of your ability to complete IA’s independently, with knowledge of best-practice, and handy tools to utilise straight away
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:30

Trainer's Welcome and Introduction

09:30 - 10:30

What Are Impact Assessments? Why Do We Use Them?

  • Understand the policy context of impact assessments
  • Different meanings of impact
  • The role of monitoring and evaluation in impact assessments
  • What impacts are assessed?
  • Sources of data
10:30 - 10:45

Morning Break

10:45 - 11.15

Policy Options and Developing a Theory of Change

  • Clarifying policy objectives and outcomes
  • Developing a theory of change
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Consider the ‘do minimum’/’do nothing’ option
  • Group Exercise
11:15 - 12:15

Assessing Economic Impacts

  • What economic impacts are assessed and how?
  • Economic appraisal methods
  • Group Exercise
12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Assessing Social Impacts

  • What social impacts are assessed, and how?
  • Group Exercise
13:45 - 14:30

Assessing Environmental Impacts

  • What environmental impacts are assessed, and how?
  • Assessing sustainability
  • Group Exercise
14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 15:15

Assessing Delivery and Implementation Capability

  • Developing a Delivery Plan
  • Establishing who are delivery partners and agencies
  • Using delivery trajectories and delivery reviews
  • Undertaking implementation and delivery reviews
  • Group Exercise
15:15 - 15:45

Post-Implementation Review of Impact Assessments

  • Undertaking impact and formative evaluations
  • Selecting Indicators
  • Developing and using a monitoring and evaluation matrix
15:45 - 16:00

Feedback, Evaluation & Close