LEDSGP/DIA-Toolkit/How To

Jump to: navigation, search
Development Impacts Assessment Toolkit


How to Assess Development Impacts

Countries may assess the impacts of a proposed or implemented development policy, program, or project on social, economic, and environmental development goals through a five-step process:

  1. Identify the policy or program of interest: What policy or program am I considering?
  2. Define impacts to consider: What impacts am I interested in identifying and evaluating?
  3. Identify the options for examining impacts: What tools and methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, are available for impact analysis?
  4. Conduct the analysis.
  5. Share the results.

1. What policy or program am I considering?

The purpose of this initial step is to identify the policy or program of interest. For example, this could be a goal of increasing the amount of power generated from renewables, improving a mass transit system, or implementing an agroforestry program.

2. What impacts am I interested in identifying and evaluating?

Impacts of interest may be social, economic, or environmental, and may include multiple impacts of interest. These will likely be aimed at meeting development objectives. For example, a country (or municipality) may want to improve energy access of rural communities, decrease reliance on imported fossil fuels, or increase jobs.

3. What tools and methodologies are available for impact analysis?

A variety of approaches and tools are available for analysis. Choosing the right tool depends on the action under consideration, the impact(s) of interest, availability of data, cost (if any) of the tool, training needed in order to learn how to use the tool, and a number of other considerations. The DIA tools search is aimed at helping answer this question and guide users to tools that best meet their needs.

4. Conduct the analysis.

The next step is to conduct the analysis, using the tool or tools identified in step 3. This may involve sophisticated analysis over many months or application of a simple spreadsheet tool or methodology. It also may involve reviewing the experiences of other countries in conducting similar analysis.

5. Share the results.

Communicating impacts to busy decision-makers is an important final step. One option is to use the DIA visual framework for documenting and summarizing analysis results. The DIA visual provides a handy way to display the results and conclusions from your analysis.

Below is an example of the visual developed by one country. Learn more about creating a DIA visual.

  Climate Sustainable Development
  Abatement potential 2030 (MtCO2) Abatement cost 2030 (USD/tCO2) Adaptation impact Energy security GDP growth Employment Improved waste management Environmental Impact
Expanding geothermal power 14.1 -19.9 Icon high pos.png Icon high pos.png Icon high pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png
Expanding wind power 1.4 -36.7 Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png
Expanding hydro power 1.1 -13.2 Icon neg.png Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png Icon uncertain.png
Clean coal (USC) 1.1 -11.1 Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png Icon neg.png
Distributed solar PV 1 13.3 Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon neutral.png
Landfill gas generation 0.5 -12.4 Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon pos.png Icon neutral.png Icon high pos.png Icon pos.png
  • Icon high pos.png High Positive
  • Icon pos.png Positive
  • Icon neutral.png Neutral / Minor Impact
  • Icon neg.png Negative
  • Icon uncertain.png Uncertain

More Information

Now that you have learned how to assess development impacts, explore ways to use the DIA Toolkit.