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This section sets out the guidance on assessing strategic fit for activities within the investment management activity class.

The investment management  activity class comprises three types of activities with the following work categories:

Guidance on assessment of investment management activities is provided below for each type.

Assessment of Transport Planning

Strategic fit for Transport Planning

Default strategic fit - Transport planning

By default, the strategic fit ratings for transport planning activities are;

  • for Work category 001: Regional land transport planning management, the default is high and there is no requirement for further assessment.
  • for all other transport planning work categories, the default is low.


Requirements for medium rating – Transport planning

A medium rating for strategic fit may be given where the activity applies best practice planning and processes including adopting a coordinated approach with relevant stakeholders and:

  • is focused on significant change in actual or predicted transport demand or performance, and its drivers such as changes in industry, population, technology, energy and climate , where these changes are not accounted for in existing strategies and plans; AND
  • ensures:
    • integration of modes, transport and land use planning issues and other infrastructure planning
    • making better use of existing transport capacity, including services and infrastructure
    • managing adverse environmental effects from land transport; AND
  • considers:
    • wider transport network performance & capability
    • safety
    • value for money
    • environmental and public health outcomes


Requirements for high rating – Transport planning

A high rating for strategic fit must only be given where the activity meets the requirements for a medium rating AND,

  • makes improvements to whole-of-network, long-term local, regional and national planning in response to significant changes in actual or predicted transport demand or performance, and their drivers such as changes in industry, population, technology, energy and climate; AND
  • addresses one or more of the following:
    • easing of severe congestion 
    • optimised levels of service, operation and management of networks
    • journey time reliability
    • reduction in deaths and serious injuries in areas identified as being of high crash risk


Further information

Further information on Strategic fit assessment is provided in the section on Developing an Assessment Profile.

Effectiveness for transport planning

Criteria for effectiveness

For Work category 001: Regional land transport planning management, the default is high and there is no requirement for further assessment.

For all other transport planning work categories, all six criteria set out below are to be assessed for any programme or activity proposed for NLTP inclusion or funding approval. The explanations are a guide to assessment, highlighting aspects that need to be considered. If any of these aspects is not applicable to the activity then it should not form part of the assessment.

Criteria Explanation Rating
Outcomes focused
  • the degree to which the problem, issue or opportunity, supported by evidence, is significant enough to warrant further development
  • consistency with levels of service in an appropriate classification system
  • consistency with the current network and future transport plans
  • consistency with other current and future activities
  • consistency with current and future land use planning
  • accommodates different needs across modes
  • involvement of, or consultation with, appropriate stakeholders in developing the strategic case

Correctly scoped

  • the degree of fit as part of an agreed strategy or business case
  • is of an appropriate scale in relation to the issue/opportunity
  • covers and/or manages the spatial impact (upstream and downstream, network impacts)
  • mitigates any adverse impacts on other results
  • funding application is tailored to relative size, impacts and complexity, and confirms the problem


  • is affordable through the lifecycle for all parties
  • has understood and traded off the best whole of life cost approach
  • has understood the benefits and costs between transport users and other parties and sought contributions as possible


  • delivers enduring benefits over the timeframe identified in the justified strategy or business case
  • provides the benefits in a timely manner
  • there is demonstrated urgency in the need to provide a solution to the problem, issue or opportunity


  • manages current and future risk for results/outcomes
  • manages data deficiency risks and identifies information gaps that will need to be addressed in the next business case


Assessment is based on lowest rating of all components L/M/H


Further information

Further information on Effectiveness assessment is provided in the section on Developing an Assessment Profile.

Benefit and cost appraisal for transport planning

No benefit and cost appraisal rating is required for funding of transport planning activities. This means that the assessment profile for transport planning consists only of two factors, i.e. strategic fit and effectiveness.

Note that benefit and cost appraisal is required to obtain support for programme business cases that have been developed under Work category 004: Programme business case development. In other words, one of the outputs from developing a programme business case is a benefit and cost appraisal.

Assessment of the Sector Research Programme

The purpose of Sector research is to acquire new knowledge so that it can be applied by transport decision makers to deliver more effective, efficient and economic transport solutions.

The research programme is a nationally delivered programme managed by the Transport Agency.

The Transport Agency Research Programme Framework(external link) (scroll down to the heading on the Framework) provides research objectives, and approach to research investment, and seeks the activities required to achieve these objectives.

The framework is centred around five research areas for land transport, provides research objectives for each of the research areas, and lists research output areas of high and medium strategic fit, although the current focus is on high strategic fit. In addition, it aligns the programme with the work of transport decision makers; the Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport(external link) and Approved Organisations.

A default profile of High Strategic fit and High effectiveness is applied to the programme as a whole.

An assessment of the benefit and cost appraisal for the sector research programme is not required.

Assessment of IFAS

Investment in the funding allocation system (IFAS) is the activity that incorporates the processes, tools and systems required to plan, optimise and deliver the NLTP, thereby giving effect to the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport and complying with the Land Transport Management Act.

The activity is developed and managed as a nationally delivered activity as part of the Transport Agency business planning and financial management, and is incorporated within the current Transport Agency’s Statement of Performance Expectations agreed with the Minister of Transport.

A profile of High Strategic fit and High effectiveness is applied to the programme when developed as part of the current Transport Agency’s Statement of Performance Expectations.

The assessment of the benefit and cost appraisal for IFAS is based on the prioritisation of activities through the Transport Agency's business planning  process. The assessor needs to consider whether a robust process has been applied to ensure value for money.