Impact Assessments in Action

This section contains examples of impact assessments—both child/youth impact assessments and assessments in other fields that affect kids, such as health impact assessments—and how they can influence policy decisions about children.

Immediate Opportunities

COVID-19 and Impact Assessments
Child and Youth Impact Assessments can help highlight the needs of young people as elected officials decide how to allocate federal, state, and local COVID recovery funds.

Examples of Completed Child/Youth Impact Assessments 

New Brunswick Office of Child and Youth Advocate, A Child Rights Impact Assessment of Bill 39, An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization

Santa Clara County, Sample Child Impact Statement Linked to Children’s Agenda Indicators

Scottish Government, Heat Networks Bill, Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Scottish Government, Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on children and young people, Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Scottish Government, links to all Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments completed between November 2020 and January 2021

Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth, Child Impact Statement for Defending Childhood Initiative

Examples of Impact Assessments from Other Fields that Affect Children and Youth

Below are examples of impact assessments in other fields—including health, environmental, and disability—and the outcomes resulting from them that can inform the design and use of impact assessments focused on children and youth.

Outcomes from Assessments in Other Fields

Racial Equity Impact Assessments

Health Impact Assessments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Impact Assessment

National Research Council, Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Do Health Impact Assessments Promote Healthier Decision-Making?

Environmental Impact Assessments

American Bar Association, What is an Environmental Impact Statement?

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, FAQs (on Environmental Impact Assessments)

Federal Environmental Impact Statement Process

Regional National Environmental Policy Act Contacts and Environmental Impact Statements by State

Disability Impact Assessments

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, The Americans with Disabilities Act: Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

Institute for Human-Centered Design, ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities

National Network: Information, Guidance, and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

United States Access Board, About the ADA Standards

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