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SIB Pioneers Network

The GO Lab coordinates a range of geographical and thematically focused peer learning groups. These groups cover a variety of topics, but their overarching aim is to support learning and knowledge sharing among those seeking to deliver improved social outcomes through cross-sector partnerships.

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 are outlined below along with contact details for the group’s coordinator.

The Procurement of Government Outcomes (POGO)

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.

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.

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

The International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (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. Also check out the INDIGO Hack-and-Learn we are supporting at the GO Lab Social Outcomes Conference 2020.

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

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:

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