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The peer learning groups provide a platform for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across different sectors to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices across outcome-based approaches. The groups are open to veterans of outcome-based approaches as well as people with less experience within government, provider organisations, academia and other sectors. Each group has its own identity, in terms of group membership and means of convening sessions. Please find brief descriptions of each group below.

To join a peer learning group or if you have a general enquiry about the groups please contact Descriptions of each group along with contact details for the group's coordinator can be found below.

The Procurement of Government Outcomes (POGO) Club

The POGO Club is a knowledge sharing initiative that is open to anyone interested in capacity building in public procurement and in collaboration to improve social outcomes. We host monthly calls, maintain a maillist, and share other resources. Participants come from many different disciplines, sectors, and countries. Our chair is Anne Davies, Dean of the Oxford Law Faculty and Professor of Law and Public Policy.   

Should you wish to join the POGO Club please contact Ruairi Macdonald, GO Lab.

International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO)

The INDIGO peer learning group is about building shared culture and standards around data in social outcome-based projects. The group meets quarterly and is a forum for civic tech enthusiasts, policy-makers and other actors in cross-sector partnerships for social outcomes to work together towards better data for better social outcomes. The sessions are run by Eleanor Carter, GO Lab Research Director, and Ruairi Macdonald, GO Lab Research Associate. Read more about the INDIGO initiative here and check out the INDIGO Hack-and-Learn we are supported at the GO Lab Social Outcomes Conference 2020.

Should you wish to join the POGO Club please contact Ruairi Macdonald, GO Lab.

Motives for Measurement

The Motives for Measurement Peer Learning Group is a knowledge sharing initiative that is open to anyone interested in exploring the reasons for measuring social outcomes, and the various means of doing so. In particular, we explore how measurement can be useful for two purposes which can sometimes conflict. The first is to support ongoing learning and adaptation in the pursuit of better outcomes, often across multiple organisations. The second is to support transparent accounts of the success or failure of those efforts. 

The group is run by the GO Lab and Collaborate CIC, a practice organisation who help public services collaborate to tackle complex social challenges. We have gathered together a core community of practitioners from across sectors who are interested in resolving the tension in motives for measurement. We will meet regularly online to hear examples of places that are using measurement in smart ways to support both learning and accountability. Members are invited to propose topics for discussion. 

To join the group and be added to the mailing list to hear about future meetings, please email Nigel Ball (GO Lab) or Dawn Plimmer (Collaborate CIC).

The Value in Public Finance

The Value in Public Finance peer learning group provides a platform for those in government, academia, private and other sectors to discuss and explore ways to improve value creation of public expenditure. This peer learning group aims to create a community of individuals and organisations interested in improving public finance and how economies perform. We are an inclusive group of thinkers and practitioners and would welcome international engagement on the above themes as well as any others.

The group meets quarterly and is co-organised by the GO Lab and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Jeffrey Matsu and Dr Mehdi Shiva co-lead the sessions.

Engaging with Evidence webinar series

Engaging with Evidence is a series of interactive online convenings hosted by the GO Lab and designed to encourage a greater understanding of the latest evidence on the use of cross-sector partnerships focused on outcomes. Throughout 2021, this webinar series will offer an open platform for policymakers, practitioners and researchers around the world to engage with key findings from the latest research and evaluation work in the field.

Our sessions are chaired by Andreea Anastasiu, Policy and Engagement Manager (GO Lab), and Tanyah Hameed, Research and Policy Associate (GO Lab). All sessions are free to attend and open to all, but will be of particular interest to policymakers and other practitioners interested in developing sustainable, system-wide outcomes-based approaches. 

Explore the Engaging with Evidence page to read more about our sessions and book your place.

UK regional peer learning groups

In collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, The National Lottery Foundation and Ecorys, the GO Lab has supported the creation of a network of geographically focused peer learning groups across England. Initially established to support commissioners and service providers applying for funding or implementing projects within the UK’s Commissioning Better Outcomes fund and/or the Life Chances Fund, the groups have been expanded to include organisations interested in outcomes-based contracting more broadly across a specific geography. By focusing on specific geographical areas, it is hoped that these peer learning groups can support practitioners navigate the unique contextual challenges of delivering an outcome-based contract within a given geography.

Should you wish to join a regional peer learning group the regions and its key contact are as follows:

Emergency Responses and Government Outcomes (ERGO)

The ERGO peer learning group provides a platform for those in government, provider organisations, academia and other sectors to share their experience in dealing with emergency or disaster responses, and reflect on the wider implications for outcomes-based approaches. This group has been launched at a time when public, private and social sector organisations are having to rapidly adapt their relationships to meet new challenges caused by the global coronavirus outbreak. Details of ERGO's core themes can be found here

Should you wish to join the ERGO group please contact Leigh Crowley, GO Lab.

Publications library

For further reading materials, you can find the latest reports and publications on outcomes-based commissioning and SIBs in the GO Lab publications library.

Publications library

Our publications library includes a range of carefully curated resources from across the field.

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If you are interested in leading (or assisting with) a local learning group going forward, please get in touch with us on the dedicated Yammer channel or at