The approach for undertaking this ICIA and compiling this assessment report follows a four-stage process:

  • Review of the Island Communities Impact Assessments: Guidance and Toolkit
  • Key issues and evidence – a review of potential impacts relating to transport for island communities using key datasets and where available considering future trends;
  • High level assessmentof screening impacts – informed by a consideration of the key issues and evidence.
  • Final Assessment – Updated screening report with input from a 12 week consultation.

Review of key issues and evidence

Evidence with regards to potential equality impacts as reviewed using the following sources of information:

Whilst for this report, existing evidence has been used and referenced in the screening assessment, a full key issues and evidence section outlining the most recent research and findings will be included with the ICIA screening report.

Screening Assessment

The ICIA screening assessment has reviewed each of the actions within the Cycling Framework and provides an initial high-level assessment as to if and how the action has potential to affect island communities. It was published for the purposes of consultation to gather responses which can be used to inform the full assessment.

Final Impact Assessment

This impact assessment is an updated version of the Screening Impact Assessment, with updated assessments for each of the actions under the strategic themes within the Cycling Framework, further informed by consultation responses.

Assessment guide questions used to undertake the screening assessment are set out below.

  • How are islands identified for the purpose of the action?
  • Is there evidence of different circumstances or different expectations or needs, or different experiences of outcomes (such as different levels of satisfaction or different rates of participation for island communities?)
  • Should delivery mechanisms/mitigations vary in different communities?
  • Could alternative delivery mechanisms improve or mitigate outcomes for island communities?
  • Do we need to consult with island communities in respect of mechanisms or mitigations?
  • Any potential barriers to engagement with island communities?
  • Have any island-specific indicators/targets been identified that require monitoring?
  • Will there be any unique impacts on island communities?
  • Consider the intended impacts/outcomes and potential unintended impacts and how do these potentially differ in the islands.
  • If the action is a regional or area-based one or if it is intended to have the same impact across the region or area, think about whether there are potential island impacts which differ from the regional impact or whether there are any barriers which may unfairly disadvantage islanders.
  • For actions which are wholly or mainly aimed at island communities, consider whether there is a need to adapt your plans to account for variations across island communities. Island communities are unique and there can be lots of variation across things like proximity to services, transport links and infrastructure.
  • If the action is mainland focused, is there a corresponding need in island communities, and has this been taken into account or catered for?
  • Identify any benefits for the island community, such as better access to services.
  • Are these potential impacts significant/likely? Could they result in disadvantage for island communities compared to the mainland or between island groups?
  • Can the action be developed or delivered in such a manner as to improve or mitigate, for island communities, the outcomes arising from it?