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.
Drawing on insights from GO Lab research and a recent Engaging with Evidence webinar, Tanyah Hameed examines the challenges of refugee integration and explores whether innovative financing and cross sector-collaborations can be part of the solution.
8 Feb 2022, 11:28 a.m.
In this blog, Thomas Kenyon offers the World Bank’s perspective on how they are seeking to embed long-term sustainability within their Program-for-Results (PforR) financing instrument.
11 Jan 2022, 3:31 p.m.
Read our Executive Director Nigel Ball's blog which reflects on Government Outcomes Lab's work this year and the pertinent debates we've sparked on the relationship between the private and public sectors.
8 Dec 2021, 4:31 p.m.
In this blog, Oishee Kundu and Malcolm Harbour discuss the importance of moving away from strict procedures and developing research capacity to support a more strategic approach to public procurement for innovation.
7 Dec 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Reflecting on a recent Engaging with Evidence webinar, GO Lab's Tanyah Hameed examines some cases in which combining ecosystem orchestrators with an outcomes focus has proved effective.
10 Nov 2021, 10:33 a.m.
GO Lab's Executive Director Nigel Ball ties together some of the key reflections that emerged from this year's Social Outcomes Conference, from questions of impact measurement and data transparency to social value and responsible business.
13 Oct 2021, 4 p.m.
Laura Bonsaver reflects on key lessons from the delivery of the Cameroon Kangaroo Mother Care Development Impact Bond, featured in our latest Engaging with Evidence session, and summarises four key ingredients for embedding scale and sustainable impact.
13 Oct 2021, noon
Dr Harry Bregazzi highlights two key themes for consideration that emerged from this year's SOC21 big picture session, which saw academics and policymakers come together to discuss the global evidence of social outcomes contracts.
13 Oct 2021, 11 a.m.
In this deep dive article, MPP students Carolina Douek and Mayra Gramani explore why Brazil has not (yet) launched a social impact bond, examining the barriers to SIB development and how they may be overcome.
2 Sep 2021, 11:59 a.m.
We caught up with Hack and Learn masterminds Juliana Outes Velarde and Gautam Krishnamurthy to understand a little more about how this unique hackathon works.
12 Aug 2021, 11 a.m.