This module will focus on methods to position and deliver a national IEA so that it can have real impact on environmental policy and practice at a series of levels, ranging from local to national.
At the end of this module, you should have increased your ability to ensure than an IEA has an impact.
- You will be able to articulate reasons for doing an integrated environmental assessment that can cover but also go beyond mandated requirements.
- You will have a greater understanding of the political context of what you are doing, such as how changes are made in policy and practice.
- You will be able to develop effective strategies and communications tactics to achieve impact. You can explore how far you can go with achieving impact through your assessment, given your political and bureaucratic context, and given that the assessment will be only one of many tools needed to achieve change.
- You will have a clearer recognition of who you want to reach, beyond your immediate departments, and how that will affect the way you undertake your work and what you will do with your outputs.
- You will understand that achieving your desired impact requires more than the production of a report at the end of the assessment. Strategic positioning of your work and planned communications are essential components of your work that should be undertaken in parallel with all stages of the assessment.