Invitation to participate

Good Day,

As part of a review process to update best practice guidelines on health impact assessment (HIA)*, HIA practitioners** are invited to participate in this questionnaire survey on HIA practice*** and HIA guidance documents ( This process will support a wider understanding of current practices and experience in HIA and allow for consideration of such in updated guidelines on best practice principles.

The objectives of the questionnaire are:
(1) to map and assess current global HIA practice in terms of activities, capacity building and development of the field;
(2) to understand the use of existing HIA practice guidance documents; and
(3) to investigate specific elements that may need to be considered in updates of HIA practice guidance documents.

*HIA is a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, program or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population. (Gothenburg Consensus Paper, 1999)
**For inclusion in the survey, you should have been involved in conducting HIA or implementing the outcomes of HIA (HIA practitioner). This can include consultants, researchers, educators, trainers, appraisers, etc. Exclusion criteria would be if you have not been directly involved in HIA for a policy, plan, programme, project or strategy, with simple screening or high level review of assessments as additional exclusions.
***HIA practice comprises stand-alone health impact assessment but also any other form of health in impact assessment such as health in environmental impact assessment (EIA) or environmental social and health impact assessment (ESHIA).

Please note, we strictly refrain from collecting any personal identifiers, including digital identifiers. The data collected here will be used to inform a workshop entitled “Updating the IAIA HIA international best practice principles paper” held during the 39th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in 2019. Findings might be made publicly available through a peer-reviewed article.

Many thanks in advance for your participation in this survey. At the same time, you are kindly invited to share this survey with any HIA practitioner(s) you may know.

This online survey has been developed by the following IAIA Health Section members:
Mirko Winkler, Astrid Knoblauch, Ben Cave, Mark Divall, Peter Furu, Geetha Ramesh and Francesca Viliani.

If you have any questions related to the survey, please do not hesitate to contact us: and

Question Title

* 1. Are you an HIA practitioner?