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 provides an introduction to relational contracting in the public sector, explaining what it is, the potential benefits and challenges, and how to adopt a relational approach.
This guide introduces outcomes funds. It aims to document and describe outcomes funds around the world and identify lessons for future fund design.
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
Developed in consultation with a wide range of practitioners to support projects being established under the UK Government’s Life Chances Fund.
We have a range of guidance to support you develop impact bonds, from setting and measuring outcomes, to awarding the contract and pricing outcomes.
We've partnered with Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy(CIPFA) to develop a toolkit for public managers planning to assess VfM of outcomes-based contracting programmes, or any public programme with an outcome-focus.
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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
Join our events, from webinars, regional events to international conferences
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.
Reiji Ikeda (Offender Rehabilitation Support Manager, Ministry of Justice Japan, and former Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Government Outcomes Lab), reflects upon the lessons and challenges for criminal justice social impact bonds.
14 Mar 2023, 11:19 a.m.
In this blog, Srinithya Nagarajan shares the key insights from a recent INDIGO peer learning session on the topic of data ownership and access.
7 Mar 2023, 5 p.m.
In this blog, Michael Gibson, Research and Policy Associate at the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) highlights some of our key questions around trust and relationships in pursuit of better social outcomes, and how we might explore these at SOC23.
7 Mar 2023, 10:37 a.m.
In this blog, Ruben Koekoek (Co-Founder and Managing Director at Social Finance NL, and former GO Lab Fellow of Practice) argues that to take the next step and create social impact at scale, the Netherlands needs to structurally incorporate the social out
6 Mar 2023, 1 p.m.
In this blog, Dr Chih Hoong Sin shares the journey of stakeholders in Abu Dhabi and explores how individual projects and workstreams, while having specific objectives, are nonetheless orchestrated to feed into an ecosystem-building aim.
17 Feb 2023, 5 p.m.
In this blog, Mathilde addresses three key questions building on her research about impact bond (IB) implementation in France, Colombia and Chile and on the session on the measurement of public value at the Social Outcomes Conference 2022.
6 Jan 2023, 10 a.m.
In this blog, Professor Vincent Goodstadt, Steering Group Chair of the UK2070 Commission, offers his opinion on inequality of outcomes in the UK along spatial grounds.
5 Dec 2022, 3 p.m.
SyROCCo is a pioneering tool that uses machine learning to support practitioners, policymakers and researchers. It help us find the right evidence and resources to support projects related to outcomes-based contracting.
14 Nov 2022, 4:06 p.m.
In this blog, GO Lab's Andreea Anastasiu argues that it is time to move away from a simplistic understanding of impact bonds as an asset class or financing instrument, and see them as flexible tools for more effective cross-sector collaboration.
3 Nov 2022, 4 p.m.
In this blog post, the GO Lab Data Steward Juliana Outes Velarde and some of the participants reflect on their experiences of the Summer 2022 Hack and Learn.
31 Oct 2022, 3:07 p.m.