We are all experts! Does stakeholder engagement in health impact scoping lead to consensus?

A Dutch case study

Lea Den Broeder, Kai Yin Chung, Loes Geelen, Monique Scholtes, A.J. Schuit, Annemarie Wagemakers

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-305
JournalImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Den Broeder, Lea ; Chung, Kai Yin ; Geelen, Loes ; Scholtes, Monique ; Schuit, A.J. ; Wagemakers, Annemarie. / We are all experts! Does stakeholder engagement in health impact scoping lead to consensus? A Dutch case study. In: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 2016 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 294-305.
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In: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2016, p. 294-305.

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