Engaging Communities with Social Impact Assessment: SIA as a Social Assurance Process

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Although intended to be in the community interest, the traditional Social Impact Assessment (SIA) model has not always engaged the community. This paper speculates on the potential of a Quality Assurance process similar to an Environmental Management System (ISO 14000) to address social issues in the operations of corporations, government agencies and other organisations. The tentative hypothesis is that SIA would be more effective in achieving its goals if it seen as a quality assurance process rather than being a point-in-time assessment of potential impacts.