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To celebrate our 5th anniversary, the Government Outcomes Lab are delighted to launch “Government Outcomes Lab: The first five years”.

The GO Lab began in 2016 as a partnership between the Blavatnik School of Government and the UK Government’s then Office for Civil Society. We’ve come a long way since then. Our ever-growing team has produced original research, equipped decision makers with evidence, and provided people working on the ground with useful tools to design and manage projects. Alongside governments, other academic institutions, and a wide range of related organisations, we have been able to harness invaluable skills and insights to enhance policy and practice.

This report reflects on our key achievements over the first five years, which have firmly established the GO Lab as a trusted, authoritative global centre of knowledge on cross-sector partnerships for better social outcomes. This report summarises our journey, challenges and triumphs, and provides an opportunity to reiterate our core principles.

Looking to the future, we will strive to continue to nurture our global network around cross-sector partnerships for better social outcomes. As we do this, we commit to provide balanced, clear and open expertise for those seeking to tackle complex social issues.

"We are very proud to celebrate the Government Outcomes Lab’s first five years in this report. Its researchers have walked shoulder to shoulder with governments at all levels as they have explored innovative ways to improve social outcomes, evaluating those efforts and ensuring that we can all learn from them. I hope you enjoy reading about our story, our achievements, and the lessons we have learned along the way."

Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government

Introducing the GO Lab

Want to know more about the GO Lab? We invite you to watch our new video below to find out more about our approach, some of the policy and research areas we are working on, and testimonials from a few of our closest partners.

Missed the launch event? You can watch the recording here.