New to outcomes-based contracting? Here are some jargon-free introductions to the various types of approaches
This guide offers an introduction to outcomes-based contracting, including its place among other methods of contracting out public services, the theoretical pros and cons, and the evidence to date.
New to impact bonds? This user-friendly guide will explore what impact bonds are, the evidence to date and how they work in practice in different countries around the world.
This guide provides an introduction to relational contracting in the public sector, explaining what it is, the potential benefits and challenges, and how to adopt a relational approach.
This guide introduces outcomes funds. It aims to document and describe outcomes funds around the world and identify lessons for future fund design.
Explore our datasets, case studies and publications to learn more about the latest research on outcomes-based contracting
We are the International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO). Here you can explore our datasets, read our latest news, join our events and find out more about data sharing in the field of social outcomes.
A collection of in-depth case studies of impact bonds around the world
View the latest reports, evaluations and more on outcomes-based contracting
A glossary of key terms and working definitions around impact bonds and outcomes-based contracting
Interested in designing and managing outcomes-based projects? We have prepared some tools and guidance to help
Developed in consultation with a wide range of practitioners to support projects being established under the UK Government’s Life Chances Fund.
We have a range of guidance to support you develop impact bonds, from setting and measuring outcomes, to awarding the contract and pricing outcomes.
We've partnered with Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy(CIPFA) to develop a toolkit for public managers planning to assess VfM of outcomes-based contracting programmes, or any public programme with an outcome-focus.
Are you thinking of running an impact evaluation for your project? Check out our new Impact Wayfinder! We'll help you find the right evaluation for you according to the focus of your organisation and the scale of your project.
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Read the latest opinion and insights from the GO Lab network
Find out the latest news from the GO Lab and across the sector
Join our events, from webinars, regional events to international conferences
At the GO Lab, we host a selection of peer learning groups that aim to support learning and knowledge on outcome-based approaches. Read more on our different groups and upcoming sessions here.
We are now accepting nominations for next year’s GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice programme.
5 Jul 2023, 11:04 a.m.
Recently named as European Young Leader: 40 under 40, Government Outcomes Lab Research Director Dr Eleanor Carter shares about this award, her experience of leadership, and being a woman in academia.
7 Mar 2023, 10:15 a.m.
Check out August's global Impact Bond Dataset snapshot. We are delighted to share our newer and more user-friendly snapshot design, which makes accessing those key data updates all the easier.
8 Aug 2023, noon
We are delighted to share an interim report from the primary evaluation of the Life Chances Fund (LCF). Click here to read the full report.
10 Feb 2022, 3:03 p.m.
Check out February's global Impact Bond Dataset snapshot. We are delighted to share our newer and more user-friendly snapshot design, which makes accessing those key data updates all the easier.
9 Feb 2022, 10 a.m.
We're delighted to invite the submission of research abstracts proposals and practice-focused presentations for this year's Social Outcomes Conference 2022. Click here to find out more.
12 Jan 2022, 5:24 p.m.
We are delighted to announce the 2022 GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice, a leading group of practitioners from across the public, voluntary and private sectors. Click here to find out more about this year's Fellows.
12 Jan 2022, 11:35 a.m.
Check out December's global Impact Bond Dataset snapshot. We are delighted to share our newer and more user-friendly snapshot design, which makes accessing those key data updates all the easier.
11 Jan 2022, 10 a.m.
8 Dec 2021, 9 a.m.
The GO Lab was recently part of a team working to develop a new standard guide to social value for Standards Australia. In this news piece, Mehdi Shiva explains the GO Lab's interest in social value standards, our efforts to date, and why we got involved.
22 Nov 2021, noon
The partnership between the GO Lab and CIFF will support the formation of a network of Data Stewards around the world.
10 Nov 2021, 12:22 p.m.
Check out this month's global Impact Bond Dataset snapshot. We are delighted to share our newer and more user-friendly snapshot design, which makes accessing those key data updates all the easier.
10 Nov 2021, 9 a.m.
This month’s policy briefing includes perspectives on levelling up and local public service collaborations, reflections on the discussions at SOC21, and a range of insights on impact bonds and outcomes funds.
8 Nov 2021, 5:01 p.m.