Latest HIA Guidance
In November 2021, the Institute launched the fourth edition of HIA Guidance for Ireland and Northern Ireland, incorporating the most recent developments and best practice in the field. The updated HIA Guidance is endorsed by the International Association for Impact Assessment and by the European Public Health Association.
HIA can be used by policy- and decision-makers in government, statutory agencies, community groups and voluntary organisations to ensure new proposals reduce any health risks and promote health opportunities for specific groups as well as the wider community.
At national level, government departments or statutory agencies can use HIA to assess proposed laws or policies. At local level, HIA may be used by local councils and the community and voluntary sector organisations to ‘health proof’ new and future programmes or projects.
HIA involves seven stages, beginning with a screening phase to determine if a full HIA is required or would be beneficial. After initial screening, the process involves scoping, analysis, reporting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation stages.