Poverty impact assesment (PIA) - Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What is PIA?
  2. In what circumstances should a PIA be performed?
  3. Does PIA apply to all areas of Government?
  4. Who should carry out the PIA?
  5. Where can I download the PIA Template?
  6. With regard to the Poverty Impact Assessment consultancy process, in general, who is involved?
  7. How are vulnerable groups to be considered when performing a PIA?
  8. What are the Steps involved in a "Full" PIA?
  9. How much does a poverty impact assessment influence the implementation of a policy?

1. What is PIA?

PIA is the process by which Government Departments, Local Authorities and State Agencies assess policies and programmes at design, implementation and review stages in relation to the likely impact that they will have or have had on poverty and on inequalities which are likely to lead to poverty, with a view to poverty reduction.

2. In what circumstances should a PIA be performed?

PIA should be carried out at every stage at which significant policy proposals or changes are being considered, including where a pre-existing policy is being evaluated with a view to possible change.

For example, government departments, State agencies and local authorities, conduct poverty impact assessments in preparing the following:

Government Departments

State Agencies

Local Authorities

SMI Statements of Strategy

Strategy Statements

County Development Plans

Annual Business Plans & Output Statements

Business Plans

County Development Strategies

Estimates &
Annual Budget proposals

New Programmes

Corporate Plans

Expenditure Reviews & Programme Evaluations

Programmes Reviews

Operational Plans

National Development Plan and other relevant EU Plans and Programmes

 

Service Plans

Legislation, including significant Statutory Instruments

 

Introduction of service charges

PIA should not be considered as something to be done after a decision has been made but rather as an inherent part of the policy development and decision making process.

3. Does PIA apply to all areas of Government?

Yes, PIA applies in all areas.

4. Who should carry out the PIA?

The area in which the policy or programme is being developed should perform its own PIA.

5. Where can I download the PIA Template?

The PIA template for completing a successful PIA can be downloaded from here.

6. With regard to the Poverty Impact Assessment consultancy process, in general, who is involved?

Stakeholders may include staff in other departments or agencies, non-governmental organisations and the individuals who are likely to be directly affected by the programme or policy. The consultation could take the form of a seminar, workshop or focus group, questionnaires could be circulated or submissions could be requested. For more guidance on the consultation process see page 18 of the PIA Guidelines.

7. How are vulnerable groups to be considered when performing a PIA?

The structure of PIA (as outlined in the PIA Screening Template) lists the different Groups and in this way they can be more easily identified.

8. What are the Steps involved in a "Full" PIA?

These are the 7 Steps:
Step 1: Consultation
Step 2: Define Policy Aims and Target Groups
Step 3: Identify Available Data and Research
Step 4: Assess Impacts and Consider Alternatives
Step 5: Make Decision and Arrange Monitoring
Step 6: Publish Results
Step 7: Return Summary Sheet

9. How much does a poverty impact assessment influence the implementation of a policy?

The Social Inclusion Division in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has an important role in promoting the PIA process and providing guidelines on its website. However, it is the responsibility of different Departments to decide whether the results of the PIA will inform the implementation of a policy.

Last modified:29/02/2016