Health impact assessment and evaluation of a Roma housing project in Hungary

Ágnes Molnár, Róza Ádány, Balázs Ádám, Gabriel Gulis, Karolina Kósa

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An outstanding feature of marginalized Roma communities is their severely substandard living conditions, which contribute to their worse health status compared to the majority. However, health consequences of international and local-level housing initiatives in most cases fail to be assessed prospectively or evaluated after implementation. This paper summarizes the result of a retrospective health impact assessment of a Roma housing project in Hungary in comparison with the outcome evaluation of the same project. Positive impacts on education, in- and outdoor conditions were noted, but negative impacts on social networks, housing expenses and maintenance, neighbourhood satisfaction and no sustained change in health status or employment were identified. Recommendations are made to improve efficiency and sustainability of housing development initiatives among disadvantaged populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1247
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Health impact assessment
  • Housing
  • Outcome evaluation
  • Policy
  • Roma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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