A Community Impact Assessment (CIA) is a tool to make sure our policies, strategies, projects and services do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of certain protected characteristics.

The nine protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

In York, those with protected characteristics are known as 'communities of identity' and also include carers of older and disabled people.

Community Impact Assessments:

  • look at whether changes to how we do things (like working practices or ways we deliver services) are likely to have a positive or negative impact on the people we serve
  • help us to plan to reduce or remove negative impact, for example by making reasonable changes to how a particular group receives a service (by providing information in a different format or providing ramped access into a building, for example)
  • make sure that no one is unintentionally excluded because of specific personal characteristics

This process was previously called 'Equality Impact Assessment'. We changed this to 'Community Impact Assessment' in June 2012 to demonstrate the importance we place on assessing the impact of everything we do on everyone in our communities.

Carrying out Community Impact Assessments

A Community Impact Assessment (CIA) or Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is ideally carried out at the early stage of any policy review, new project or a major change to a service.

In order to comply with the Equality Act 2010, we have to demonstrate that we have due regard to equality considerations.

This means being able clearly demonstrate the following:

  • at what stage the duty was considered
  • what considerations were made
  • how it undertook the assessment and reached conclusions to establish full compliance with the duty

CIAs are important for providing appropriate, effective, efficient and quality services. Getting things right at the outset means we can provide better services and more value for money.

Completed Community Impact Assessments

Adults, Children and Education:

City and Environmental Services:

Communities and Neighbourhoods:

Customer and Business Support Services:

Human Resources:

Public Health and Wellbeing:

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