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The Government Outcomes Lab is a research and policy centre based in the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. We were created as a partnership between the School and the UK Government and funded by a range of organisations. Our role is to investigate how governments partner with the private and social sectors to improve social outcomes.

The foundation of our work is high-quality research, and our team bring stellar academic credentials, as well as a desire to generate useful practical insights. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we aim to shed light on what might make various partnership approaches effective, and how they compare to one another, responding to the questions posed by those working in policy and practice. Our research covers a range of topics, including outcomes-based contracting, procurement and social value, public service partnerships and research tools.

We also work hard to get evidence into the hands of those who need it, through an expansive programme of engagement and capacity-building on both a national and international level. We host an online global knowledge hub and data collaborative, convene a range of events to disseminate insights, and facilitate peer learning groups to allow our wider community to share their experience with one another.

By blending rigorous research with practical engagement, we hope to bridge the divide that too often exists between those who generate knowledge and those who use it, and make a real difference to the outcomes that governments can achieve for the people they exist to serve.

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The first five years

2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the Government Outcomes Lab. This report summarises our journey, challenges and triumphs, and provides an opportunity to reiterate our core principles.

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Our research

Our research covers a wide variety of topics under the broader theme of cross-sector partnerships to improve social outcomes.

Our people

Our team is made up of academic researchers and practitioners with a range of public, private and voluntary sector experience. Meet the dynamic group of people that make up the GO Lab.

Meet the team

Career opportunities

Does your research interest align with our work at the GO Lab? We have exciting job opportunities to join our team. Don't miss out!


Contact us

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