Policy Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 61–82

Social impact assessment of regional plans: a review of methods and issues and a recommended process


  • James C. Cramer
    • Department of SociologyUniversity of California
  • Thomas Dietz
    • Department of SociologyUniversity of California
  • Robert A. Johnston
    • Division of Environmental StudiesUniversity of California

DOI: 10.1007/BF00137363

Cite this article as:
Cramer, J.C., Dietz, T. & Johnston, R.A. Policy Sci (1980) 12: 61. doi:10.1007/BF00137363


Social impact assessment (SIA) is defined and related to other policy analysis techniques. Conceptual problems in conducting SIA are reviewed. Various SIA methods are identified and evaluated for their probable effectiveness in assessing regional plans. Regional planning conditions are identified and constraints to, and demands on, SIA are examined. A strategy for SIA is proposed which uses public inputs during cyclical planning iterations for efficiently identifying and assessing the most important social impacts.

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