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.
Connect with others through our global directory, read the latest blogs, join our events and more.
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.
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 March'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.
3 Mar 2023, 4 p.m.
We're delighted to invite the submission of research abstracts proposals and practice-focused presentations for this year's Social Outcomes Conference 2023. Click here to find out more.
11 Jan 2023, 2 p.m.
GO Lab and Big Issue Invest release the Exploring Social Investment – An Indigo Technical & Learning Report detailing their collaboration towards data sharing in the social
21 Jan 2021, 4:58 p.m.
We are delighted to announce the 2021 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.
14 Jan 2021, 6:11 p.m.
We're up to 202 impact bonds globally. This month's new impact bond seeks to improve the welfare of children that are at risk of exclusion in Finland. Check out this month's snapshot on impact bonds around the world here.
13 Jan 2021, 8:38 a.m.
We invite individuals and organisations to submit research studies relating to social interventions that have been funded in total, or in part, by outcomes-based contracting approaches. Click here for more info.
13 Jan 2021, 8 a.m.
In this month's policy briefing, you'll find GO Lab's reflections on the future of our work between academia and government, the latest updates on UK SIBs and a range of views on building effective cross-sector partnerships.
8 Jan 2021, 9:22 a.m.
We have compiled the latest on impact bonds around the world from our Impact Bond Database. We're delighted to announce that this month we reached 201 impact bonds worldwide!
2 Dec 2020, 11:06 a.m.
We have blogs from the GO Lab on citizen engagement and social value standards, as well as impact bond news from around the world, and opinion pieces on everything from learning and partnerships to responsible business.
1 Dec 2020, 1:18 p.m.
We have launched a global systematic review to explore whether, when, and where (and if possible, how) outcomes-based contracting approaches deliver improved impact when compared to more conventional funding arrangements.
5 Nov 2020, 11:22 a.m.
4 Nov 2020, 5:21 p.m.
The latest on impact bonds from across the world, working in different policy areas and key stats from sector.
13 Oct 2020, 4:26 p.m.