Date 5 Sep 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Hosted by the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Newcastle University Business School
Governments and international donor agencies around the world have become increasingly focused on outcomes – the positive results that programmes produce in the lives of service users and citizens – rather than the volume or quality of activity. This ‘outcomes-based’ model encompasses a range of approaches. The conference will focus on models that encourage collaboration across sectors, such as outcomes-based commissioning, social impact bonds, outcomes funds, and place-based approaches.
We are interested in exploring how well these approaches work in practice. We want to strengthen the understanding of when and how this focus on outcomes can be effective for delivering public services, and whether it can be more effective than other options. We aim to ensure that this emerging knowledge is used to equip government policy-makers with more and better tools to tackle complex social issues.
In keeping with the 2018 conference, we will once again bring together the most distinguished academic and practitioner voices from different countries and disciplines for an in-depth exploration of the practice and evidence base around the implementation of outcomes-based models of public service provision from across the world. The conference will be of interest to academics, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers and will include contributions from international experts and interactive group sessions alongside more traditional academic paper presentations.
We are delighted to welcome Stefan Dercon to our conference as our keynote speaker. Stefan is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Between 2011 and 2017, he was the Chief Economist of the Department for International Development (DFID).
09.00 Welcome remarks
09.30 Keynote address
10.15 Coffee break
10.45 Plenary session - Still inventing the wheel: Global evidence and experience on impact bonds to date
12.45 Concurrent sessions
14.15 Coffee break
14.45 Concurrent sessions
16.00 Coffee break
16.15 Plenary session - Can't get you out of my head: Overly fixated on the SIB tool?
08.45 Concurrent roundtable sessions
10.15 Plenary session - Re-living the dream? Lessons for the impact bonds field from the public-private partnerships experience
11.00 Coffee break
11.15 Concurrent sessions
13.15 Plenary session - Rallying Together or Passing the Buck? Exploring new collaborative approaches to public service delivery
14.30 Coffee break
14.45 Plenary session - Through the looking glass: reducing information asymmetry through availability of project-level data on impact bonds
15.45 Plenary session - To infinity and beyond! The future of impact bonds and outcome based approaches
17.30 What is a democratic right, and what is a philanthropic gift?
19.00 Drinks reception
The participation fee is £200 (2-day full fee), £100 (1-day full fee) or £50 (student fee), and includes lunch on both days as well as a conference dinner in Oxford on the evening of 05th September.
The document below contains practical information on travel and accommodation options in Oxford for those attending the conference.