Pre-project impact appraisals explain the totality of positive and negative, primary and secondary effects expected to be produced by a development intervention.
Environmental impact assessments as well as impact assessments which explain what objectives the project itself intends to provide are accepted.
IFIs and DFIs tend only to publish impact appraisals if regulations require them to, but given the link they have to the eventual impact and results of the activity, all organisations included in the Index are scored on this indicator.
For loans or private sector investment, risk assessments and the fiscal objectives detailed in the loan document are accepted. These need to be sufficiently detailed and include any criteria used to assess eligibility for receiving the loan.
Humanitarian Implementation Plans (HIPs) and project plans are accepted for humanitarian agencies.
The score for this indicator is graduated based on accessibility.