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Record number 505138
Title We are all experts! Does stakeholder engagement in health impact scoping lead to consensus? A Dutch case study
Author(s) Broeder, Lea den; Yin Chung, Kai; Geelen, Loes; Schuit, Albertina Jantine; Wagemakers, A.
Source Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 34 (2016)6. - ISSN 1461-5517 - p. 294 - 305.
Department(s) Health and Society
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract Stakeholder engagement in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Health Impact Assessment (HIA) provides opportunities for inclusive environmental decision-making contributing to the attainment of agreement about the potential environmental and health impacts of a plan. A case evaluation of stakeholder engagement was carried out to assess its effect in terms of consensus-building. The case consisted in two health impact scoping workshops engaging 20 stakeholders: policy-makers, experts and residents. A Participatory Action Research approach was adopted. Methods included observation, semi-structured questionnaires and interviews. Analysis methods consisted of several coding rounds, in-depth reading and discussion of Atlas.ti output reports, as well as studying questionnaire results. Participants reported a broadening of perspectives on health in relation to the environment and attainment of shared perspectives. Still, meaningful differences remained, indicating that joint learning experiences, trust and mutual respect created a ‘sense of consensus’ rather than a joint view on the issues at stake. To avoid disappointment and conflict in later project development, explicit acknowledgment and acceptance of disagreements should be included as a ground rule in future stakeholder engagement processes
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