A participatory approach to social impact assessment: The interactive community forum

Dennis R. Becker, Charles C. Harris, William J. McLaughlin, Erik Nielsen

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Abstract

The Interactive Community Forum is a method of social impact assessment that seeks community members' judgments of social impacts resulting from project alternatives in an environmental impact assessment. The method employs a participant-driven description of the social system along with a set of community constructs to guide in the identification of anticipated social impacts. A diversity of participants with different areas of community involvement are exposed to a structured small group process where information is shared and community-level impacts are deliberated. Based on group discussion, participants project social impacts and identify measures necessary for their mitigation. The Interactive Community Forum thereby provides a means to integrate local knowledge into an Environmental Impact Statement and inform environmental decision-making through a modified public involvement process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-382
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Public involvement
  • Public judgment
  • Small group processes
  • Social impact assessment

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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A participatory approach to social impact assessment : The interactive community forum. / Becker, Dennis R.; Harris, Charles C.; McLaughlin, William J.; Nielsen, Erik.

In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, 05.2003, p. 367-382.

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Becker, Dennis R. ; Harris, Charles C. ; McLaughlin, William J. ; Nielsen, Erik. / A participatory approach to social impact assessment : The interactive community forum. In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 2003 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 367-382.
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