Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Visual Tool and Toolkit
The Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Visual Tool helps decisionmakers qualitatively and quantitatively analyze policy options to achieve low-emission development that supports national development goals. The tool offers an integrated, prioritization focused framework to systematically identify, document and communicate potential impacts of low emissions development related processes, policies and actions (i.e. Low Emission Development Strategies, Nationally Determined Contributions and National Appropriate Mitigation Actions) on a country’s development priorities. Further the tool facilitates exploration of potential policy synergies and tradeoffs across sectors, and supports stakeholder consultations and consensus building for actions to achieve low-emission and development goals. The tool can also facilitate early establishment of monitoring and evaluation processes for low emission development and development outcomes. A web tutorial was developed to support successful implementation of a DIA process using the DIA Visual Tool.
The DIA Toolkit helps country, regional, and local practitioners and policymakers find tools and approaches to assess impacts of and links between national development priorities and low emissions development strategies. Outputs of these tools can then feed into the DIA Visual Tool highlighted above and broader DIA processes. Resources in the Toolkit help decision-makers explore policy options, identify suitable areas for investment and build consensus with stakeholders.
Inputs and Outputs
In the Excel-based DIA Visual tool, users input data on the type of low emission technologies they are considering (within categories such as transport, electricity generation and energy consumption), on social, economic and environmental considerations, and on the ease of implementing a specific technology. Users can adjust, add, or remove information in the template to align with their specific country circumstance. Users then assess the type and level of impact a technology may have by using a scoring methodology that measures impact as high positive, positive, neutral, or negative. Given data constraints in certain contexts, users can use qualitative or quantitative data to inform their scoring decision-making.
Users can access tools and resources in the DIA Toolkit by selecting options within the following categories: countries (one or multiple countries), sectors of focus (i.e. energy generation, transportation, agriculture and forestry), geographic scope (i.e. global, national, rural), activity scale (i.e. project, policy), impact assessed (social, environmental, economic), cost of tool, level of expertise required and maps needs. Outputs of these tools can then support use of the DIA Visual Tool and DIA processes.
The DIA Visual Tool and other tools included in the DIA Toolkit require various inputs that are dependent on specific country circumstances and data availability.
Accessing the tools and additional information
Access the DIA Visual Tool, Toolkit and other resources such as a web tutorial, case studies, and a tool finder here: http://www.ec-leds.org/tools-page/development-impacts-assessment-tools. The DIA visual tool was developed by the LEDS Global Partnership and applied through the EC-LEDS program, both of which received technical and financial support from USAID.
USAID Global Climate Change Office/Washington DC
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)