Impact assessments play an integral part of the policy-making process. Improving the way they are implemented will ensure better regulation, based on robust, evidence-based policy making.

Centred on interactive learning, this one day workshop imparts the skills to ensure your impact assessments are carried out in line with best practice and get the green light.

Join course facilitator Dr Philip Davies, who contributed to both the Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for writing and evaluating impact assessments.

On this practical  Excelling at Impact Assessments course, you will gain insights and acquire practical tools to immediately support your work. Return to your organisation with the confidence to deliver better policy based on sound evidence and analysis.

About the Chair: Dr Philip Davies
Dr Davies is a contributor to the original Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for those in Government writing and evaluating impact assessments.

From 2000-2007, Dr Davies was a senior civil servant in the UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, responsible for policy evaluation and analysis. Before joining the Cabinet Office Dr Davies was a University Lecturer in Social and Political Science at the University of Oxford, and he has held academic positions at the University of Aberdeen and the University of California, San Diego. Find out more.

08:45 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30

Trainer's Welcome and Introduction

09:30 - 10:30

What Are Impact Assessments? Why Do We Use Them?

  • Understand the policy context of impact assessments
  • Different meanings of impact
  • The role of monitoring and evaluation in impact assessments
  • What impacts are assessed?
  • Sources of data
10:30 - 10:45

Morning Break

10:45 - 11.15

Policy Options and Developing a Theory of Change

  • Clarifying policy objectives and outcomes
  • Developing a theory of change
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Consider the ‘do minimum’/’do nothing’ option
  • Group Exercise
11:15 - 12:30

Assessing Economic Impacts

  • What economic impacts are assessed and how?
  • Economic appraisal methods
  • Group Exercise
12:30 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:00

Assessing Social Impacts

  • What social impacts are assessed, and how?
  • Group Exercise
14:00 - 14:45

Assessing Environmental Impacts

  • What environmental impacts are assessed, and how?
  • Assessing sustainability
  • Group Exercise
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 15:45

Assessing Delivery and Implementation Capability

  • Developing a Delivery Plan
  • Establishing who are delivery partners and agencies
  • Using delivery trajectories and delivery reviews
  • Undertaking implementation and delivery reviews
  • Group Exercise
15:45 - 16:15

Post-Implementation Review of Impact Assessments

  • Undertaking impact and formative evaluations
  • Selecting Indicators
  • Developing and using a monitoring and evaluation matrix
16:15 - 16:30

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Dr Philip Davies

Impact Assessment Expert, Oxford Evidentia

Dr Davies is a contributor to the original Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for those in Government…

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