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The Impact Assessments Support Scheme (IASS) is a two-year pilot scheme organized by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service Social Enterprise Business Center (SEBC) under Impact Incubator and ACT social awareness in October 2020.  The scheme contains 4 cohorts in total and each lasts for 3-6 months. The IASS connects academia, university students, and NGO sectors to strike a balance between academic research standards and limited resources to assist social startups in preparing social impact assessment and delivering information of its created social value to the public.  Below are the details of the scheme and job portfolio for the Impact Assessment Assistant.


a. Objectives
  • Cultivate a pool of researchers who are skilled in social impact assessment and promote a new type of profession
  • Assist in social startups’ data collection from different stakeholders, analyze it created social impact and make them presentable to society

b. Characteristics
  • Bridge the gap of social startup’s insufficient impact data due to limited resources
  • Promote cross-sector cooperation: 1+1+1 combination (matching with one student from a social science background, one student from a business background, one social startup under the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund)
  • All-in-one scheme of social impact assessment research, data analytics, circulation, and education


a. Responsibilities
  • Assess social and socio-economic impacts of assigned social startup
  • Plan and conduct field research using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Communicate and liaise with stakeholders (such as clients, employees, and vendors) of the assigned social startup
  • Technical report writing and presentation

b. Requirement
  • Current FBE students in Year 3 & 4 of programme study

  • Strong communication and analytical skills, highly self-motivated, can perform an independent research project with minimal supervision
  • Cantonese speaking is required
  • Great passion for making a social impact
  • A good team player

c. Remuneration
  • Upon the completion of the project; a certificate and HKD 6,000 allowance will be given by HKCSS.

d. Training and support provided to all admitted Impact Assessment Assistant (offered by SEBC)
  • Two-day boot camp
  • Workshops (including Understanding Impact Assessment: Principles, Methods, and Practice, presentation skills, design thinking, and report writing)
  • Consultation and coaching



HKU Alumni Anthony Wong and Lester Lam participated in this programme (2nd cohort) in 2020-2021 and found the experience rewarding. Feel free to check out their sharing and learn more about their takeaways from the IASS.



Wong Chun Hei Anthony


Lam King Fung Lester





Interested students, please submit an online application HERE by  21 February, 2022 (Monday).
Applicants are required to upload the following documents in the online application form:
  • Most updated resume/ CV (word/ pdf format) and specifying your participation in community service (if any)
  • A Motivation Essay of up to 200 words (one A-4 page in word/ pdf format) telling us the following:
    > Why are you interested in joining this programme?
    > What do you wish to accomplish at the end of this programme?

*Remarks: only shortlisted students will be invited for an interview




Ms. Suki Chan of HKU Business School at phone: 3917-0087 or email:

Please visit for any further information about the Impact Assessment Support Scheme (IASS).