The effectiveness of health impact assessment in influencing decision-making in Australia and New Zealand 2005-2009

Fiona Haigh, Fran Baum, Andrew Dannenberg, Mark Ford Harris, Ben Harris-Roxas, Helen Marie Keleher, Lynn Amanda Kemp, Richard Morgan, Harrison Chok, Jeffery T Spickett, Elizabeth Harris

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This study clearly demonstrates direct and indirect effectiveness of HIA influencing decision making in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend that public health leaders and policy makers should be confident in promoting the use of HIA and investing in building capacity to undertake high quality HIAs. New findings about the value HIA stakeholders put on indirect impacts such as learning and relationship building suggest HIA has a role both as a technical tool that makes predictions of potential impacts of a policy, program or project and as a mechanism for developing relationships with and influencing other sectors. Accordingly when evaluating the effectiveness of HIAs we need to look beyond the direct impacts on decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Public Health
Issue numberArt. ID: 1188
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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