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Table 3 Advantages and disadvantages of types of impact assessment tool

From: Assessing the health workforce implications of health policy and programming: how a review of grey literature informed the development of a new impact assessment tool

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Checklist Easy to understand and use May not distinguish between direct and indirect impacts. Does not link action to impact
Flowchart Links action to impact. Useful for checking for indirect impacts Can become very complex very quickly
Matrix Links action to impact Can be cumbersome. Difficult to address probability of impact occurring
  1. Source: Adapted from Foresti et al. [30]