Impact assessment

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Impact assessment is a fundamental element in good governance and preparatory legislative work.

Since the 1990s, impact assessment has been a highly recommended tool in connection with legislative activities in many European countries. At EU level, policy proposals must be accompanied by an impact assessment.

Assessments of political interventions
An impact assessment serves to illustrate the environmental, economic and social implications of the recommended policy interventions. It identifies the issues and defines the objectives.

The impact assessment also considers whether the option aligns with the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity.   

Transparency and applicability
National and EU impact assessment guidelines set the framework for the analysis. The specific choice of methodology is determined by the context, such as the sector and the type of problem to address.

In analysing policy options, we make use of a range of methods such as cost-benefit analyses, cost-effectiveness and risk assessments.

The specific method for data collection may involve for example e-based questionnaire surveys, structured interviews, workshops and focus group interviews.

Substance and process

At the EU level, impact assessments are about substance and process. This makes close dialogue with our customers and consultation of stakeholders a crucial element.

Our impact assessments are transparent, which makes the impact assessment study applicable in the further policy process.

LAST UPDATED: 27.01.2017