Create social profile – engage researchers to locate available data in co-operation with local officials and community leaders
Acquire further information – primary data is likely to expand as a project develops. Large projects may conduct a social baseline as part of their exploration activities and again when the project reaches feasibility
Design a quantitative and qualitative survey utilising experienced social scientists and local tertiary institutes or research organisations
Profile the community ensuring coverage of vulnerable groups and minorities. Be sure to incorporate stakeholder feedback
Share study with stakeholders
Factors a baseline study investigates
The investigation (p127) shows:
- demographic factors
- socio-economic factors
- social organisation
- economic organisation
- socio-political context
- historical context
- needs and values
- human rights context
- health context
Example of a social baseline study table of contents
This particular baseline study is a far larger undertaking than would be attempted by many mining projects, but indicates the wide range of information that can be included.
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Leading Practice Strategies for Addressing the
Social Impacts of Resource Developments, University of Queensland, 2009.
IFC, Good Practice Note: Addressing the Social Dimensions of Private Sector Projects, Washington DC, 2003.
World Bank, Social Analysis Sourcebook: Incorporating Social Dimensions into Bank-
Supported Projects, Washington DC, 2003, Chapter 4: Social assessment, and
Chapter 5: The way forward, section on Good practice in social analysis.
Example of gender sensitive baseline.