Integrated Impact Assessment

Our Approach - Integrated Impact Assessment

Local Authorities must ensure that any new or revised policies, practice and strategic decisions relating to the delivery of Council services are considered for impacts on different groups of people within the community or workforce at an early stage.  

We have introduced an integrated way of considering impacts on different groups and communities to ensure that we:

  • Understand the impact of our business proposals, policies or decisions on different groups and communities.  

  • Use our understanding of impacts to develop better policies and practices.

  • Help prevent or mitigate against potential negative impacts and reduce disadvantage. 

  • Be more transparent and accountable by demonstrating that likely impacts of proposals have been considered as well as any mitigating action to overcome negative impacts.

The impacts covered within our Integrated Impact Assessment process are:

  • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment assesses how a decision might impact on the rights and wellbeing of children and young people, based on the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Childrens Rights are being incorporated into Scots law, making it unlawful for Highland Council to act incompatibly with the articles of the UNCRC. Undertaking a CRWIA will ensure we meet this requirement.

  • Climate Change Impact Assessment is a key priority of the Council’s Net Zero Strategy and ensures that our Net Zero targets and responsibilities are embedded into the decision-making process. The CCIA assesses how a decision or proposal might negatively or positively impact on our emissions, regional biodiversity, and adapting to and building resilience to the effects of climate change.

  • Equalities, Poverty, and Human Rights Impact Assessment demonstrates our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty, which protects people with protected characteristics from discrimination and inequality of opportunity. In addition to assessing impacts on protected characteristics, we consider any socio-economic impacts in line with the requirements of the Fairer Scotland Duty and impacts on Human Rights.  

  • Island and Mainland Rural Communities Impact Assessment assessing for impacts which are likely to have an effect on an island community or a rural mainland community which is significantly different from its effect on other communities (including other island communities). The islands element is a requirement of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018

  • Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) ensures that personal data processed complies with the principles outlined in UK GDPR and our Data Protection Policy.

The Highland Council’s approach to Impact Assessment consists of two stages;

Stage 1 – Integrated Screening – will consider potential impacts for each of the areas outlined above and help determine whether a full impact assessment is required.  A screening must be completed for all new or reviewed Council policies/strategies/practices, delivery of services, budget proposals and plans.

Stage 2 – Full Impact Assessment(s) – where potential negative impact has been identified during the screening process, a full impact assessment will be undertaken for the relevant impact areas.    

Full Impact Assessment Publication Register

Any Full Impact Assessments undertaken are published on our website.