Social, Economic and Environmental Impact Tool (SEE-IT)

Social, Economic and Environmental Impact Tool (SEE-IT)

To enable national, local and regional authorities to do better ex ante and ex post evaluations of age-friendly environments innovations, we have developed the SEE-IT: Socio Economic Environmental Impact Tool. With the SEE-IT a conceptual framework is provided that can support cyclic, iterative processes of improvement and fine-tuning. Also the SEE-IT can be used as a tool for co-design partnership that creates support among stakeholders and others.

The SEE-IT has its origins within the D4 Age Friendly Environments Action Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) and has inputs from existing EC models and guidelines for socio-economic impact assessment, human capabilities and functioning, sustainable development and fundamental rights. Integrating these frameworks, the SEE-IT model highlights the areas of impact from social, economic and environmental perspectives. Within the realm of Age Friendly Environments and the experiences of older persons in our buildings, communities, cities and regions, it is possible to apply a demographic filter to the generic impact model canvas to support analysis from an active and healthy ageing view point.

The areas of economic, social and environmental impact each consist of detailed layers. Like economic prosperity, public budgets and services, consumption, health and longevity, education, climate and energy and natural environment. When evaluating how an innovation or initiative may impact on the range of social, environmental and economic considerations, we define whether their impacts are strong or weak, and whether they are direct or indirect. By doing this, we attempt to gain a holistic perspective of the interactions.