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General government responses to Covid-19 


The UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) created a Covid-19 Outbreak Expert Database and asked us to help disseminate it to relevant researchers. 

Our colleagues at the Blavatnik School of Government set up the OXFORD COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TRACKER. This work is still ongoing. 

The British Red Cross published a map of clinical and social vulnerability to Covid-19 in different local authorities and wards in the UK.


This excellent curated resource from GovTech gave a wide-ranging list of US federal, state and city responses to the virus. 

The Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School put together a Covid-19 Public Sector Resources site on medium. It shared cases, teaching, policy solutions, and other examples of how governments were responding to the outbreak. 


This spreadsheet was created by the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation with the objective to share information and ideas at the minimum speed for governments to make use of. They shared innovative government responses from across the world. 

Responses specifically relating to cross-sector partnering: 

The UK Cabinet Office issued guidance for all departments and public bodies on payment to contracted suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak. The guidance stated that “If the contract involves payment by results then payment should be on the basis of previous invoices, for example the average monthly payment over the previous three months. […] To qualify, suppliers should agree to act on an open book basis and make cost data available to the contracting authority during this period. They should continue to pay employees and flow down funding to their subcontractors.” (p.3) 

The recording and materials for the webinar "Public Contracting and COVID-19" chaired by Professor Chris Yukins of the Law faculty of George Washington University were posted here

Steve Schmida, founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Resonance, wrote in Next Billion on Preventing Coronavirus in an Age of Distrust: The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration

Good Finance provided guidance pages on its website for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations who have social investment. 

Big Society Capital regularly updated its page on how they and the wider UK government social investment sector are responding.  

360 Giving updated their "who funds who?" data to help support collaboration

Social Investment Business produced an excellent summary of the UK government support announced for small business and charities

Guidance for practitioners - public health and social care 


A new discussion paper was published - Commissioning out of hospital care services to reduce delays. This guidance was timely in offering a strategic approach to hospitals creating space for patients with Covid-19 by speeding up discharge for patients who no longer needed hospital care. This was written by John Bolton, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes, and former Government Outcomes Lab Fellow of Practice.


The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) collated a Covid-19 resource page that assisted third sector scholars by highlighting relevant research material and resources pages.

Karthik Ramanna, Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government wrote an op-ed on CapX about Contracting in a time of crisis. It shares three principles for better accountability.