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What is an Impact Assessment?

An impact assessment is a way that organisations can examine their activities and services to ensure there is no potential for discrimination against a particular group, for example, black and minority ethnic people, women or disabled people.

The aim of impact assessment is to examine policies and practice in a structured way to make sure that disproportionately adverse effects on particular groups are avoided. It is also a tool to enable organisations to assess what positive action they can take to promote equality of opportunity and to anticipate the requirements of all of their service users and staff. Positive outcomes of interventions to address inequalities should also be measured.

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