Scoping an assessment

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As the name indicates, the scoping phase attempts to define the scope of the assessment. This includes identification of:

  • The purpose of the assessment
  • The questions asked in the assessment
  • The users, uses and possible other interested audiences of the assessment outputs
  • The temporal and spatial boundaries of the assessment
  • The participatory width of the assessment process
  • The scenarios to be considered within the assessment (not mandatory)

Structure of the process

Input format


  • Initial scoping as the basis for discussions
  • Collection of information and views through consultation of intended users and other stakeholders


Output format

Basically the output of this phase, the scope of the assessment, is realized in the form of text containing information about the above-mentioned issues. During the scoping phase of the assessment it is also possible to create a scoping diagram that helps in describing or framing the relevant issues related to the assessment. This diagram does not have to be a strictly causal description, but it may be helpful in considering the causalities between the factors related to the issue already from the very beginning of the process.


See also