Assessing the impact of our decisions


As a council, our decision-making process should be evidence-based, justified and transparent. It should also identify methods for mitigating negative impact. We need to assess the impacts of our decisions at an early stage of any policy development, project or service review. We should ensure decisions are informed by a good understanding of the impact on:

  • individuals
  • groups
  • communities

Cornwall Development and Decision Wheel

In 2021, we introduced a new tool to assess the impact of our decisions. The Cornwall Development and Decision Wheel replaces the previous Comprehensive Impact Assessment (CIA) and is now our primary tool. It is used at the development stage of:

  • strategies
  • policies
  • projects
  • programmes

It assesses the equality and inclusion impacts of our decisions. This ensures that we meet our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 by not unlawfully discriminating against different communities.  It also assesses the environmental and social impacts of our decision, helping us to deliver on our carbon neutral ambitions. 

You can find out more about the impacts of our decisions on our dedicated pages.

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