New to outcomes-based contracting? Here are some jargon-free introductions to the various types of approaches
This guide offers an introduction to outcomes-based contracting, including its place among other methods of contracting out public services, the theoretical pros and cons, and the evidence to date.
New to impact bonds? This user-friendly guide will explore what impact bonds are, the evidence to date and how they work in practice in different countries around the world.
This guide introduces outcomes funds. It explores what they are, their purpose and looks at their key features.
This guide introduces social impact investing, offers key definitions and concepts. It also explores its relevant to impact bonds and outcomes-based contracts.
Explore our datasets, case studies and publications to learn more about the latest research on outcomes-based contracting
We are the International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO). Here you can explore our datasets, read our latest news, join our events and find out more about data sharing in the field of social outcomes.
A collection of in-depth case studies of impact bonds around the world
View the latest reports, evaluations and more on outcomes-based contracting
A glossary of key terms and working definitions around impact bonds and outcomes-based contracting
Interested in designing and managing outcomes-based projects? We have prepared some tools and guidance to help
We have a range of guidance to support you develop impact bonds, from setting and measuring outcomes, to awarding the contract and pricing outcomes.
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Read the latest opinion and insights from the GO Lab network
Find out the latest news from the GO Lab and across the sector
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At the GO Lab, we host a selection of peer learning groups that aim to support learning and knowledge on outcome-based approaches. Read more on our different groups and upcoming sessions here.
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Policy and Engagement Manager Andreea Anastasiu considers some of the challenges facing effective evidence-based policymaking, and shares three ingredients for better use of evidence in policy and practice tried and tested through the GO Lab's work.
08 Apr 2021
Anne Davies and Ruairi Macdonald reflect on the Oxford Procurement of Government Outcomes Club’s response to the UK Government’s Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement.
08 Apr 2021
For our last Engaging with Evidence session, we brought together academic and practitioner perspectives to take stock of the global landscape of outcomes funds. Read Research and Policy Associate Tanyah Hameed's reflections on the session.
13 May 2021
Sam Magne from The National Lottery Community Fund reflects on the latest evaluation of the Commissioning Better Outcomes programme and on an ambitious plan to make specialist family services available, pan-London wide, to children on the edge of care.
21 Apr 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Ian Taylor and Nigel Ball examine a recent setback in the commitment of businesses to generating broader social value, and consider its wider implications for the role of government in encouraging responsible business practices.
1 Apr 2021, 1 p.m.
Tanyah Hameed from the GO Lab reflects on key insights from the second session of our Engaging with Evidence series, on the FCDO's development impact bonds in Asia and Africa.
10 Mar 2021, 9:40 a.m.
Sam Magne, Knowledge & Learning Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund, reflects on their latest in-depth review of the West London Zone Collective Bond supported by their Commissioning Better Outcomes programme.
9 Mar 2021, 4:04 p.m.
Our Executive Director Nigel Ball kicks off this year's monthly blog with a reflection on how the public sector view risks when working with outside suppliers.
9 Mar 2021, 12:31 p.m.
In recent years, impact bonds have reached the shores of Latin America. We recently held a session on lessons learnt on developing impact bonds in the region. Tanyah Hameed from the GO Lab reflects on how 5 Latin American countries have approached this.
12 Feb 2021, 11:09 a.m.
We recently partnered with Ecorys to undertake a global systematic review to explore whether, when, and where (and if possible, how) outcomes-based contracting approaches deliver improved impact. Read the highlights of the first session here.
14 Jan 2021, 5:54 p.m.