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
A diverse group of academics and practitioners submitted a response to the UK Government’s Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement, calling for more flexibility and longer-term contracts for social outcomes.
10 Mar 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Check out the latest on impact bonds from across the world and discover the policy areas and key stats from sector.
9 Mar 2021, 12:18 p.m.
This month’s policy briefing includes a blog on impact bonds in Latin America and reports on the future of impact bonds and their role in building back better from Covid-19, as well as views on harnessing public procurement to deliver social benefits.
8 Mar 2021, 9:18 a.m.
GO Lab researchers embark on new research study alongside leading academics to investigate how local authority spending across the UK can deliver maximum benefit to communities in the wake of COVID-19.
25 Feb 2021, 2 p.m.
Check out the latest on impact bonds from across the world and discover the policy areas and key stats from sector. As of February 2021, we have reached 204 impact bonds worldwide.
10 Feb 2021, 10:45 a.m.
Read our open invitation to impact bond project parties to find out all you need on exploring our visualisations, downloading and sharing data and a sneak peek at our new prototypes.
10 Feb 2021, 9:46 a.m.
We're delighted to invite the submission of research abstracts proposals, practice-focused presentations, research panel proposals and symposia proposals for this year's Social Outcomes Conference 2021.
4 Feb 2021, 1:21 p.m.
In this month’s policy briefing, you’ll find reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on outcomes-based contracts, a report on the collaboration between INDIGO and Big Issue Invest, and news and analysis on impact bonds around the world.
3 Feb 2021, noon
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.