Posted 20 Jan 2020, 10 a.m.
In the quest for improved social outcomes, public funding across the world continues to support partnerships with private and non-profit organisations. There are a wide variety of approaches to structuring these partnerships, all attempting in different ways to find the perfect balance between autonomy for the people delivering the work, and accountability to those funding it. Increasingly, the focus is being turned towards the end outcomes of the planned work – but this can mean anything from a loose articulation of desired end 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 this plurality of approaches, it is imperative to reflect on the evidence emerging from current practice and empirically informed research on their impact and effectiveness.
In keeping with previous editions, the conference aims to bring together the rigour of cutting-edge academic research with an applied, real-world focus. Our ambition is for a vibrant exchange between researchers and practitioners to enhance both research and implementation. Central to this ambition is our commitment to enabling and inspiring more ‘engaged research’ across the field.
We want to ensure that research addresses effectively the most pressing matters in the field, and that governments and other practitioners are engaged with researchers across disciplines and sectors to share knowledge, exchange ideas and create solutions. As such we encourage all those interested in presenting their research findings or practice-based reflections to consider how to best share their insights in a way that is engaging both for practitioner and academic audiences.
Emergency responses and government outcomes
What are we learning about data sharing within organisations, between parties, or externally during or following an emergency?
Contracting and governance: how partnerships are structured and overseen
Impact bonds and outcomes funds: making sense of the evidence and emerging practice in an ever-evolving landscape
Data and transparency: the use of data and evidence to inform decision making in cross-sector partnerships for social impact
Measurement and metrics: measuring what matters
Collaboration and communities: how people work together towards better social outcomes
For academic papers, we recommend that abstracts take the following structure:
For practice-focused presentations, we recommend that abstracts take the following structure:
Authors of successful papers will be informed within a month of the closing date for abstract submissions. The provisional programme of the conference will be announced in June 2020.
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