An ex-ante assessment is a crucial, and therefore mandatory, step in the overall lifecycle of European Structural and Investement Funds (ESIF) financial instruments. Ex-ante assessments help everyone involved to understand the investment needs in a specific area. Results from the ex-ante work will also confirm the role that financial instruments can play in achieving policy objectives for ESIF programmes. This video points out seven key aspects of the ex-ante process. These cover market assessment procedures as well as advice about how to confirm delivery and management details.