Evaluation of the HIA on the Draft Hastings District Council Graffiti Vandalism Strategy

The evaluation report provides the findings of a process and impact evaluation of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the Hastings District Council’s Draft Graffiti Vandalism Strategy (the Strategy).

The HIA was led by the HIA team from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (DHB) in partnership with staff from the Hastings District Council (HDC, with funding from the Ministry of Health’s HIA Support Unit’s Learning by Doing Fund.

The evaluation was undertaken by the HIA Research Unit, University of Otago. The evaluation was conducted concurrently with the HIA. Data were gathered for the evaluation using the following methods; participant observation, participant evaluations of workshop, documentary analysis and interviews with nine key stakeholders.

The evaluation suggests that the HIA was highly effective in meeting its objectives. These included strengthening the Graffiti Vandalism Strategy with good evidence from the literature review and from more thorough community consultation. Of the 19 recommendations made in the HIA 17 were adopted by Council. Two areas where the HIA was constrained were those of time and resource and the representativeness of consultation.

The HIA received support from the DHB and the HDC. Key success factors in this support appear to have included a champion in the HDC who got HIA on the Council’s work programme, support from the DHB and the funding from the Ministry of Health, championing of HIA by a HDC councillor and the fact that the Strategy was at an appropriate stage for HIA.

The evaluation has identified many lessons that may assist the Hawke’s Bay DHB HIA team, other key stakeholders in the Hawke’s Bay, and those interested in HIA nationally. The report discusses these lessons around overall learning about process; community consultation; scoping: training and resources: and overall learning about the impact of HIA.

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