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We kicked off Day 2 of the Social Outcomes Conference 2021 with an adventure through the challenges of awarding outcomes-based contracts. We heard a range of presentations, including on the Government Outcomes Lab’s recent work on procurement in the EU, and the latest draft of the Oxford Procurement of Government Outcomes (POGO) club's social impact bond (SIB) contract template. As the panel discussed challenges including risk transfer and transparency, Julian Blake neatly highlighted that at its core, “the contract is really about aligning mindsets to achieve social outcomes”.