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Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

The Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) is a centre of academic research and practice for outcomes-based aproaches to the provision of public services, based at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. We want to understand when and how a focus on outcomes can be effective for delivering public services, and whether it can be more effective than other options. 

We are looking in particular at approaches that encourage collaboration across sectors, like outcomes- based commissioning, impact bonds, and place-based approaches, and are exploring how well they work in practice. We are using the knowledge we create to become the global hub for policymakers and practitioners seeking more and better tools to tackle complex social issues. We seek to answer the practical questions that leaders are asking in their efforts to rally resources and design and deliver programmes to achieve the best outcomes possible. We seek to help governments nationally and locally strengthen their capacity, so they can nurture and utilise the resources available to respond to the needs of their citizens. 

The GO Lab was established in July 2016 as a partnership between the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Our team consists of leading academics and professionals from a range of backgrounds across the public, private and social sectors.

Operating in:

Continents: Europe

Countries: United Kingdom


Policy advice, Research

Organisation type:

Academic institution

Policy areas:

Child and family welfare, Criminal justice, Education and early years, Employment and training, Health & wellbeing, Homelessness, Poverty reduction

Sustainable Development Goals:
  • SDG 1 - No poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals


Mara Airoldi

Mara is the Director of the Government Outcomes Lab, leading academic research on impact bonds.


Twitter: @MaraAiroldi

Phone: +44 (0) 1865 614 393

Andreea Anastasiu

Andreea leads the implementation of the practitioner engagement and capacity building work at the GO Lab.


Twitter: @ukgolab

Phone: +44 (0) 1865 614 323

LinkedIn: andreeaanastasiu