Impact Assessment & Science-Policy Relations

Impact assessments are governance instruments that are designed to link knowledge and political decision making. There is a whole ‘family’ of impact assessment tools that are designed to help making better policies by mapping likely significant impacts of strategies, policies, plans, programmes or projects on environmental, economic and/or social, and/or regulatory topics. The article ‘Owl meets Beehive’ (2014) is meant to be a general introduction to the relations between impact assessment and governance.

Below we have presented our publications in this field. We also have included for download some publications that focus on the challenging relation between science and policy in general. For more on this, see the RMNO page on this website.