Sustainable Development Assessment Tool (SDAT)


The new Sustainable Development Assessment Tool (SDAT) is an online self-assessment system developed to replace the Good Corporate Citizen self-assessment (GCC) with a more streamlined system aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The tool is designed to help NHS, health and care organisations understand their sustainable development work, measure progress and help create the focus of and action plans for their sustainable development plans (SDMP). It is made up of ten modules and uses four cross cutting themes. Modules include: 

  • Asset Management & Utilities
  • Travel and Logistics
  • Green Space & Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Care Models

The new tool replaces the Good Corporate Citizen (GCC) tool originally launched in 2008. SDAT has been designed to be more functional and reduce time burdens and better support action. Improvements include: 

  • Reducing the number of questions by over a third.
  • Functionality to store text alongside  answers  statements as rationale and evidence, highlight next steps or provide notes/reminders. 
  • Excel export of responses and evidence.
  • New dashboard and PDF report showing progress featuring UN SDGs. 

Go to SDAT.

Sustainability Impact Assessment

A number of organisations are incorporating sustainability questions in their impact assessments and board papers so that sustainability is considered in decision making. Assessing sustainability and the social impacts alongside the financial business case is aligned with the legal requirements in the Public Services (Social Value) Act (2012).

The template below provides an outline of some questions which gauge the impact of a project, policy or service change on sustainability. Questions from here could be incorporated into board cover papers or existing impact assessments (Total Impact Assessments, Integrated Impact Assessments, Sustainability Impact Assessments, Quality Impact Assessments, and Equality Impact Assessments etc.).

As with other assessments this should be carried out in an unbiased and objective manner.

The template has been produced with the help of Georgina Smith, Sustainability Advisor at NHS Gloucestershire CCG. You can read a Q&A with Georgina here.