This is the 6th issue of the LIAISE ('Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to
Sustainability Expertise') Innovation Report. The aim of this series is to
shed light on the science-policy interface of policy Impact Assessment (IA).
The application of analytical tools in policy IA is a means to include
scientific knowledge in IA exercises and the policy process. Tools are used to
capture the causal relationship between planned policies and its likely
social, economic and environmental impacts and hence inform the analytical
process of the assessment. The development of analytical tools which are
readily applicable for IA is an emergent field of research. The European
Commission, in its Framework Programmes (FP) on research funding, has also
invested in research promoting those tools.