Green Book supplementary guidance: Project/Programme Outcome Profile

Supplementary guidance to the Green Book on establishing a clear ‘golden thread’ from government priorities to the development of strategies and business cases for programmes and projects.


Guide to completing the Project/Programme Outcome Profile

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Project/Programme Outcome Profile tool


The Project/Programme Outcome Profile (POP) is a method and a tool developed by the IPA to support government projects and programmes to develop stronger business cases in line with Green Book guidance:

  • Exploring how their project or programme will support the delivery of government’s priority outcomes
  • Using consistent metrics to document a project or programme’s contribution to those priority outcomes

Each government department’s priority outcomes are set out in their Outcome Delivery Plan, alongside the department’s strategy for achieving them.

To support projects and programmes to use the POP tool, we have developed an introduction and walk-through video. The video takes you step-by-step through the tool using a case study from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The IPA would welcome comments on this tool and guidance which is currently in development. To provide feedback on the Project/Programme Outcome Profile, please contact

Published 15 July 2021