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Impact Assesment

Module S+T: Science, Technology & Innovation

Module S+T supports the collection, analysis and presentation of information about the RI project's impacts in the domain of science, technology and innovation. There are seven categories covering data about user services, scientific and innovation outcome, networking and collaboration, effects on suppliers and other industrial stakeholders as well as new firms as spin-offs or other types of start-up companies resulting from the RI's activities. As listed below, a large variety of methods are proposed for data collection and analysis, which include case studies of reference laboratories for ex-ante assessments and techniques as network analysis, bibliometric analysis and micro-models.

Module Jobs: Work & Population

Module Jobs explores the potential socio-economic (SE) impacts of the RI project on the regional labour market and population, in each life stage of the RI – i.e. construction, operation, and decommissioning. It is divided into eight categories, covering data on issues such as general economic effect, directly and indirectly created working places, training, labour market and population. The necessary data are mainly collected through the analysis of documents and expert interviews. Further insight can be gained by examining the impacts of already operating facilities of a comparable type. For long-term impacts, also foresight techniques such as expert panels or trend analysis may be used.

Module Life: Quality of Life

This module supports the collection, analysis and presentation of indicators to describe the impacts of the RI on essential features of quality of life in the region. The module consists of four categories: health (services), education, regional culture, and wealth and social cohesion of the regional population. The required information is mainly collected through interviews with experts and general population as well as through reference samples. Interview partners may be regional administrators, medical doctors, sports club managers, teachers, parents, management of concert halls, etc.; and the general population. The majority of information is descriptive and helps to identify potential impacts and opportunities as well as risks and threats. This may be of importance for the management of the RI project and/or the RI itself as negative processes can be avoided by an early detection of risks and adequate responses to potentially negative developments in society.

Module Eco: Ecological environment and awareness

This module explores the possible socio-economic (SE) impacts on the ecological environment of the region expected from the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the RI. It is divided into seven categories covering data on the energy system, water and effluents supply, use of materials and waste services, emissions and noise effects, radiation management, biodiversity and habitats protection, as well as environmental awareness issues. The required information is mainly collected through a document analysis of the project documents and existing studies for the region, expert interviews with scientific and technical experts involved in the project proposal and/or construction of the facility, regional agencies, environmental interest groups, citizens' organisations and other stakeholders related to the topics.