Methodological issues in the impact assessment of trade policy: experience from the European Commission’s Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) programme
Authors: Kirkpatrick, Colin; George, Clive
Source: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Volume 24, Number 4, 1 December 2006 , pp. 325-334(10)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd
Abstract:Since 1999, the European Commission has subjected its external trade negotiations to a sustainability impact assessment (SIA) study. These studies have been undertaken by independent experts using a standard methodological framework developed at the University of Manchester. This paper provides a critical evaluation of the SIA programme over the past seven years, draws a number of good-practice lessons, and highlights the areas where further refinement and development of the methodology is needed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2006