Poverty Social Impact Analysis

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This resource presents an introduction to several tools and methods to carry out poverty and social impact analysis, including general equilibrium models, scenario-based risk analysis, and various other tools to quantitatively or qualitatively assess stakeholder and institutional engagement, social capital, and many other indicators.

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This tool is included in the Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Toolkit from the LEDS Global Partnership.


The basic elements of each tool or methodology are explained, including its purpose, main results, complementary tools, skills and time requirements, software options, limitations, etc. Tools are grouped in six categories: 1) Identifying stakeholders, 2) assessing institutions, 3) social tools, 4) economic tools, 5) assessing risks, and 6) monitoring and evaluation.

When to Use This Tool

This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:

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Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).

Key Outputs

For each tool, the expected outcomes are outlined. For example: "Stakeholder analysis assesses: (i) the extent to which reform may provoke political or social action; (ii) the level of ownership among different groups; (iii) differences in perception of the reform among different ethnic, religious or linguistic groups."

How to Use This Tool

Training Available
User guides and manuals are provided and outlined each analysis

Level of Expertise

Key Inputs

For each tool, the data, time and skill requirements are outlined. For example, for stakeholder analysis: "Sources of data: (i) background information on constraints to effective government policy- making; (ii) key informant interviews that identify specific stakeholders relevant to the sustainability of policy reform."

Case Studies

Examples of how Poverty Social Impact Analysis has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:

PSIA database of case studies.