Scottish Health Impact Assessment Network resources

On this page, there are links to a variety of resources and publications developed by people working in Scotland or specifically applicable to work in Scotland. There are also some links to resources that are specific to evidence for Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

Topic specific guides

The Network produces topic-specific guides to support those doing Health Impact Asssessments of specific topic areas. Each guide:

  • provides some background information on the relevant topic and policy context in Scotland
  • contains a review of research evidence on health impacts of the topic area
  • suggests some questions to help apply this evidence to the context of a specific proposal
  • outlines how to use this evidence to do a HIA
  • highlights further sources of information and data

Health Impact Assessment of Housing Improvements: A Guide (2013) (external link)

Health Impact Assessment of Greenspace: a Guide (2008) (external link)

Health Impact Assessment of Transport Initiatives: A Guide (2007)

Papers and presentations

Glasgow Centre for Population Health (external link) has been involved in a number of HIAs, many of which are available on the website.

Glasgow City Council (external link) has conducted HIAs on the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the city Economic Strategy and the city's Licensing Board Policy Statement. There is a wealth of background information on these pages.

Briefing papers

From HIA to Better Policy Making: A Status Report (2003)

Scottish HIA Network presentations

Assets and Equally Well presentation (Etive Currie) to SHIAN - June 2011

Presentation about health issues in SEA made to Scottish HIA Network meeting June 2009

Where to find further evidence

Good sources of evidence reviews of the links between policy areas and health include: 

Scottish HIA Network topic specific guides

Evidence pages on the HIA Gateway (external link)

Reviews within HIA reports on the HIA Gateway (external link)

The Campbell Collaboration (external link)

The Cochrane Library (external link)

Also very useful is the London Health Observatory Guide to Reviewing Published Evidence for Use in Health Impact Assessment (external link)

Updated 10 April 2015

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