The Green Book is guidance issued by HM Treasury on how to appraise policies, programmes and projects. It also provides guidance on the design and use of monitoring and evaluation before, during and after implementation. Appraisal of alternative policy options is an inseparable part of detailed policy development and design. This guidance concerns the provision of objective advice by public servants to decision makers, which in central government means advice to ministers.
Annex A2 concerns place-based analysis, that is the appraisal of geographically defined areas within the UK. This definition includes a wide range of obvious categories such as, villages, towns, cities, counties and regions and the home countries that make up the UK, it also includes other geographically based definitions such as “rural areas” or “areas of urban deprivation.”