What is an Impact Assessment?

It’s what used to be called an EINA (Equality Impact and Needs Assessment). We revised the EINA paperwork to include economic and environmental impacts so we can make better, more joined-up decisions about delivering services or making changes.

An Impact Assessment is not ‘just a form'; it’s a process we use to make sure we have considered the most effective way to use our resources and avoid causing problems to people in specific groups with protected characteristics. The things we consider during impact assessment are all the things we do anyway when we debate the options, research the market, look at the data and evidence about service users and their needs, and weighed up the risks and the costs. The form is just a way to record what we discussed and what evidence we used to come to a decision.

Do I need to do an impact assessment?

It’s not always necessary – check the guidance on the Toolkit page first.

If you are running an event and you want to make sure it’s as accessible as possible, use the Equality checklist for events

And if you’re creating reports, web pages, newsletters or any other written communication and you want to make it accessible, use the pointers in our Accessible Communications Guidelines