4. GREEN BOOK : APPRAISAL AND EVALUATION IN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

GREEN BOOK

HM treasury, 2003

§        What is it?

§        Provides guidance on economic appraisal of cost and benefits of policy options.

§        General approach to carry out options’ appraisal of all government intervention.

§        Requirement for all expenditure and for all new policy actions which have impact on businesses, charities of public sector

§        Discusses risk and uncertainty in general terms

 

WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

§        What is it?

§        Provides guidance on economic appraisal of cost and benefits of policy options.

§        General approach to carry out options’ appraisal of all government intervention.

§        Requirement for all expenditure and for all new policy actions which have impact on businesses, charities of public sector

§        Discusses risk and uncertainty in general terms

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

§        It includes techniques and issues that should be considered while carrying out assessments

§        To ensure that no policy, program or project is adopted without first having to answer these questions

§        Are there better ways to achieve this objective?

§        Are there better uses for these resources?

 

WHEN IS IT USED?

§        All new policies, programs, projects of revenue, capital or regulatory should be subject to comprehensive but proportionate assessment so as best to promote the public interest.

§        Green books is at agenda-setting stage of the policy process, before the policy is adopted.

 

ACTIVITIES COVERED

 

Policy & Program development

Decisions on the level and type of services or other actions to be provided, or on the extent of regulation

New or replacement capital projects

Decisions to undertake a project, its scale and location, timing, and the degree of private sector involvement.

Specification of Regulations

Decisions, for example, on standards for health and safety, environment quality, sustainability, or to balance the costs and benefits of regulatory standards and how they can be implemented

Major procurement decisions

Decisions to purchase the delivery of services, works or goods, usually from private sector suppliers

 

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