Brexit will see the UK go through an unprecedented level of policy upheaval and reform. The need for effective impact assessment is paramount for any organisation associated with the public sector.

Through interactive workshops, this training course gives you 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.

Join our course facilitator, Dr Philip Davies, who contributed to the original Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for those in Government writing and evaluating impact assessments

On this In-House Utilising Impact Assessments training course, gain the expertise and practical tools to carry out an impact assessment. Return to your organisation with the confidence to deliver better policy

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
  • 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
  • Leave feeling confident of your ability to complete impact assessments 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.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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08:45 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30

Trainer's Welcome and Introduction

09:30 - 10:30

Workshop: 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

Workshop: 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

Workshop: Assessing Economic Impacts

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


13:00 - 13:45

Workshop: Assessing Social Impacts

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

Workshop: Assessing Environmental Impacts

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

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 15:15

Workshop: 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

Workshop: 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