Socio-Economic Research and Assessment
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Socio-Economic Research and Assessment

For almost 50 years, DPRA Canada has been a leader in the field of socio-economic research and assessment. We have applied our specialized expertise and experience to understanding issues related to community well-being, often bringing these perspectives as part of a larger multi-disciplinary team. We help clients work with Indigenous people, local communities, and others to understand and address their interests, in a way that contributes to community well-being while allowing projects to proceed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The overall objective is responsible economic development within a sound environmental and social framework. This often means practical application of the concept of adaptive management and implementation of solid impact management strategies (e.g., mitigation, monitoring, benefit enhancement, follow-up/adaptive management and reporting). DPRA Canada helps clients successfully navigate through complex environmental assessment and regulatory regimes, which requires a respectful participatory approach throughout the entire process. We assist with explicit contemplation of the social, cultural, and economic costs and benefits of proposed projects and programs.

How Can DPRA Canada Help?

  • Preparing socio-economic impact assessments (SEIAs)
  • Undertaking socio-economic baseline studies, community profiling and trends analysis
  • Planning and implementing Indigenous consultation for SEIAs and EAs
  • Designing & leading public and stakeholder consultation/engagement
  • Developing  impact management programs, including mitigation, monitoring, benefit enhancement, follow-up/adaptive management and reporting
  • Advancing Indigenous negotiations, including Impact and Benefit Agreements
  • Providing strategic advice on provincial, territorial and federal regulatory standards, expectations and compliance, particularly in the field of socio-economics.