Impact-based planning evaluation: Advancing normative criteria for policy analysis

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Title: Impact-based planning evaluation: Advancing normative criteria for policy analysis
Authors: Shahab, Sina
Clinch, J. Peter
O'Neill, Eoin
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9594
Date: 21-Jul-2017
Online since: 2019-01-16T12:46:32Z
Abstract: Planning decisions have considerable impacts on both natural and built environments. The impacts of these decisions may remain for many decades and many are irreversible. In order to gain a better understanding of these long-standing impacts, planners require a systematic approach to evaluate the planning policy instruments utilised. The literature on planning evaluation shows that most studies have taken a conformance-based evaluation approach, where the success of a planning policy instrument is based on the degree of conformity between the policy outcomes and its intended objectives. While evaluating such criteria is necessary, it is hardly ever sufficient largely because of unintended effects. This paper proposes an impact-based approach to planning evaluation that incorporates all the impacts, intended and otherwise, that a planning policy instrument may bring about, irrespective of the initial objectives of the policy. Using a number of economic and planning theories, this paper argues that, in addition to conformance and performance, other normative evaluation criteria, such as, efficiency, equity, social and political acceptability, and institutional arrangements, should be included to emphasize the importance of planning decisions and their substantial impacts on quality of life, social justice, and sustainability.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
Copyright (published version): 2017 the Authors
Keywords: Planning evaluationPolicy analysisWelfare economicsNew Institutional economicsNormative evaluation criteria
DOI: 10.1177/2399808317720446
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Earth Institute Research Collection
Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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