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The Social Outcomes Conference is the annual convening of the world's leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to improve social outcomes. Over four days, we will explore the latest findings from academic research and the learning emerging from experience on the ground. Expect lively debates, thought-provoking discussions, and highly interactive sessions, drawing on insights from experts in a wide a range of countries, disciplines and policy areas. If you haven’t yet registered, you can do so on the dedicated Eventbrite page. For any questions regarding the conference, you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To improve social outcomes, public funding across the world continues to support partnerships with private and non-profit organisations. Whilst there are a wide variety of approaches to structuring these partnerships, they all seek to balance autonomy of those delivering services and accountability to those funding it. Increasingly, the focus is on the end outcomes of the work – but this can mean anything from a loose articulation of goals, right through to paying only on the basis of demonstrable impact.
In some parts of the world, public-private partnership mechanisms are being applied to the provision of basic social services. In others, the emphasis is put on acute social problems, with collaboration between multiple stakeholders and with communities themselves increasingly favoured. Given the range of approaches, we must reflect on the evidence emerging from current practice and empirically informed research on their impact and effectiveness. Some of the questions we'll be exploring at the conference are:
This year's programme is centred around six core themes. You will see the themes featured on the programme at the top of each session.
The conference will feature a mix of different types of sessions, alongside opportunities for informal discussions and virtual networking. Relevant session resources such as research papers, abstracts and presentation slides will be shared here in advance of the conference.
Whilst we won't be physically together in Oxford, as have been in previous years, we are determined to make this conference as interactive as possible. We will be hosting multiple networking sessions each day that will allow you to virtually meet and exchange ideas with others who are working in the sector. During each session there will be many opportunities to get involved, whether this is by sharing your own insights, asking questions, taking part in live polls, or joining break-out discussion groups. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet people from across the sector and see familiar faces too.
We are working with our web developers to keep this online conference secure, so you will be required to type in a code to access the Zoom links and passwords on the day. We will share the Zoom links with you closer to the date of the conference. You can view the programme in your own time zone, so there will be no confusion over the times of each of the sessions. In the coming weeks we will be sharing more practical information here. To make sure you receive all the latest updates, including the Zoom links, register here.