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General government responses to Covid-19 


The UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) is creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database and have asked us to help get word out to relevant researchers. If you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database

Our colleagues at the Blavatnik School of Government have set up the OXFORD COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TRACKER. Help is needed with data collection – you can register here 

The British Red Cross has 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 gives 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 have put together a Covid-19 Public Sector Resources site on medium. It shares cases, teaching, policy solutions, and other examples of how governments are responding to the outbreak. 


This spreadsheet has been 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 share innovative government responses from across the world. 

Responses specifically relating to cross-sector partnering: 

The UK Cabinet Office has 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 states 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 are posted here. Another one-hour webinar, more narrowly focused on sourcing challenges in COVID-19, is being organized for April 2, 14:00 UK/15:00 CET. 

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

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

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

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

Social Investment Business have 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 has been published - Commissioning out of hospital care services to reduce delays. Hospitals have been creating space for patients with COVID-19 by looking to speed up discharge for patients who no longer need hospital care. This guidance is timely in offering a strategic approach to this. By John Bolton, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes, and former Fellow of Practice.


The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) have collated a Covid-19 resource page that assists 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 has written an op-ed on CapX about Contracting in a time of crisis. It shares three principles for better accountability.