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.
Are you thinking of running an impact evaluation for your project? Check out our new Impact Wayfinder! We'll help you find the right evaluation for you according to the focus of your organisation and the scale of your project.
Connect with others through our global directory, read the latest blogs, join our events and more.
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.
In this blog, Ian and Karen explore how sports clubs can play a significant role in improving the social outcomes for their area.
1 Nov 2023, 5 p.m.
In this blog, GO Lab Policy Engagement and Communications Associate Jessica Reedy shares her reflections on what made SOC23 so special, and what people should take forward into their work.
11 Oct 2023, 1:43 p.m.
In this blog, Srinithya and Juliana explore why and how Government Outcomes Lab intends to tell a story beyond the numbers – to supplement the performance data with an appreciation of projects' complexity and nuance.
15 Sep 2023, 8:14 a.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.
This article details the GO Lab's response to the UK Parliament's Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the effectiveness of Government support to get people into employment.
10 Oct 2022, 1:50 p.m.
In this blog, Louise Savell, Director at Social Finance, explores the emerging interest in the use of outcomes contracts for systems strengthening, and analyses two pathways through which the model might build the capacity of the wider system.
7 Sep 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Ahead of this year's Social Outcomes Conference, Nigel Ball reflects on the role of power in improving social outcomes, and the need for structures to better account for those most affected by social problems.
8 Aug 2022, 10:22 a.m.
In this blog, James Ronicle shares insights from a report on education impact bonds in LMICs produced by Ecorys, GO Lab and DeliverEd for the World Bank. The report builds on Ecorys and GO Lab's systematic review of outcomes-based contracts.
11 Jul 2022, 10:05 a.m.
In this blog, Michael P. Lustig explains how an Israeli social bank has used innovative models to fill the gap and support those who are underserved by the country’s traditional finance system.
15 Jun 2022, 4:58 p.m.