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The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) has a goal of supporting public health actors across Canada in their efforts to promote healthy public policies  Visit the Website

The Healthy Public Policy Research Group (Groupe d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la santé. GÉPPS) has a research focus on the processes involved in producing public policies, from their emergence to their evaluation, analyzed through the perspective of their impacts on health.  Visit the Website


Other types of assessment

Documentation on other types of impact assessment that apply to public policy:

Strategic environmental assessment

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency describes SEA on its Web site:

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) involves reviewing policy, plan and program proposals to incorporate environmental considerations into the development of public policies.

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Social Impact Assessment

The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) offers the following definition in its document «International Principles for Social Impact Assessment»:

Social Impact Assessment includes the processes of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions. Its primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment..

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Human Impact Assessment

This is a new concept that seeks to integrate various types of impact assessments within a single analysis. Finland’s National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health site affirms that:

Human Impact Assessment (HuIA) is a form of prospective (ex ante) assessment. HuIA is a tool for anticipating the effect of a programme, a project or a decision on human health and welfare. It clarifies the impacts of different options and alternative solutions. HuIA provides information for decision-making and helps dealing with conflicts. Human Impact Assessment includes Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA).

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