The following resources are particularly useful for planning how results of assessments can be integrated into policy development.
- A Guide To Health Impact Assessment: A Policy Tool For New Zealand sets out four different stages of HIA and two different appraisal tools. The intended audience is policy-makers at both the central and local government levels.
- “Groups d’étude sur les politiques publiques et la santé” have released two related reports concerning HIA: Health Impact Assessment And Public Policy Formulation and Policy Transfer And Health Impact Assessment . The first paper delves into the role of HIA within a political and administrative context. It discusses the key features of HIA as well as its development in multiple different countries. The second paper presents the concept of policy transfer and considers how it draws upon HIA.
- In Canada, Québec has taken the lead in HIA. Under Québec public health law, it is mandatory for public policies in all sectors to identify the potential impact of new policies and programs on the health of the population. The ministry of health receives all of the assessments. The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy’s paper, entitled “Health Impact Assessment In Québec: When The Law Becomes A Lever For Action ” examines the implications of Québec’s Public Health Act and its influence on HIA . The paper also introduces a framework for understanding the creation and adoption of public policies.