Integrated Impact Assessment
Authors: Porter, Alan L.; Rossini, Frederick A.
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 6, Number 4, December 1981 , pp. 346-354(9)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Impact assessment studies the effects on society of proposed projects, programs or policies. It is perhaps best known in the forms of technology assessment and environmental impact assessment. Here the institutionalization of impact assessment, the principal features of impact assessment and its performance are discussed, keynoting interdisciplinarity as a critical factor. Substantial progress in performance has occurred over the past decade, especially in environmental and social analyses, pointing to some critical issues for the decade ahead. Within studies, integration across disciplinary components, between contributions from professionals and parties-at-interest, and between producers and users must be improved. Across studies, practitioners of impact assessment need to intercommunicate to advance the state of their art.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Publication date: 1981-12-01