1) Involve the diverse public—identify and involve all potentially affected groups and individuals.

2) Analyse impact equity—who will win and who will lose, and emphasize vulnerability of under-represented groups.

3) Focus the assessment—deal with issues and public concerns that really count.

4) Identify methods and assumptions and define impact significance.

5) Provide feedback on social impacts to project planners—identify problems that could be solved with changes in the project or alternatives.

6) Use SIA practitioners—trained social scientists employing Social Science methods will provide the best results.

7) Establish monitoring and mitigation program—manage uncertainty.

8) Identify appropriate data sources.

9) Plan for gaps in data.