PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
New ideas to ensure efficiency doesn't undermine resilience in public services
A new paper argues that viewing efficiency as the sole guiding principle for public spending undermines resilience, and offers policy ideas on how to shift the balance.
Free resources for education coalitions launched
Materials looking at how coalitions have achieved education reforms are launched today, to help others take action towards ensuring all children learn reading, writing and basic maths – the foundations of learning.
Service provision in fragile and conflict-affected states: The role of outcomes-based contracts
The efficacy of overseas development spending in fragile states has been questioned. Could outcomes-based commissioning, where payment is contingent on measurable improvements for public service users, help?
Can contracts facilitate trust? Exploring relational contracting at the GO Lab's Social Outcomes Conference and beyond
There is an uneasy tension between trust and contracts. GO Lab's Michael Gibson explores the formal and informal factors that influence greater trust in contractual relationships.
The effect of inter-municipal cooperation on social assistance programs
Decentralised administration of social assistance programs requires significant organisational capacity. In some circumstances, inter-municipal cooperation can enhance local policy implementation but impact evaluations have focused on public services that are capital-intensive, and on the effect of cooperation on service costs rather than quality.
Efficiency and resilience: How can we adjust the dial?
Following a roundtable to explore finding a better balance between efficiency and resilience, this report summarises the discussions and presents ideas to contribute to the policy discussion on shifting towards prevention and resilience.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: When (and why) independent service delivery is preferable to collaborative public management
Drawing on a notable case of collaborative failure in England we show that misdiagnosing public service problems as being of a type likely to be cured by joint working also generates poor results, and belongs conceptually prior to many “go-to” explanations of failure.
Command and can’t control: an evaluation of centralized accountability in the public sector
High-frequency granular data can enable senior government officials to hold poorly performing members of the service delivery chain to account, however, centralised management must translate large volumes of data into appropriate management actions to be effective.
Questioning hierarchies: Senior leaders’ views on how global civil services changed during the pandemic
A newly published PeopleGov report finds the pandemic imposed a dual imperative on civil services: the need for greater speed, flexibility, and decentralisation of decision-making on the one hand, and for greater coordination and collaboration on the other.
Addressing challenges to remote and hybrid working in public organisations
The People in Government Lab’s policy report Addressing challenges to remote and hybrid working in public organisations presents the results of a survey conducted in several public organisations in three countries – Brazil, Chile and the United Kingdom. It provides insights into improving remote and hybrid working inside governments.
Insights from resilient cities
The project examining the levelling-up of Britain’s regions seeks to help address the problem of profound spatial inequality in the UK by drawing lessons from international success stories of cities that bounced back from decline.
Red tape and burnout risks of public service managers
Although empirical research has consistently confirmed the harmful implications of red tape on public organisations and officials, its impact on employees’ job stress and burnout remains elusive. Our findings expand the understanding of red tape implications in public service, especially in institutional settings different from those traditionally studied.
Tools at the centre of government
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role not just of government generally, but in particular the essential role the centre of government must play to mitigate problems that no longer respect organisational boundaries.
The myth of teacher shortage in India
What do local government education managers do to boost learning outcomes?
Personnel management and school productivity: evidence from India
COVID-19 and taxes: Policies for the post-pandemic recovery
Do the benefits outweigh the costs of impact bonds?
Maternal Health Care Quality and Outcomes Under the Utkrisht Impact Bond: Midline Findings and Insights
What is the size and scope of the impact bonds market?
Are impact bonds reaching the intended populations?
Are impact bonds delivering outcomes and paying out returns?
Do impact bonds affect the ecosystem of social services delivery and financing?
Critical issues for strengthening supreme audit institutions in developing countries
Oxford Government Review 4: The New Generations
Are we rallying together? Collaboration and public sector reform
How can cities become more resilient? Improving flood management through better governance, private sector partnerships and open data
Oxford Government Review 3: The Future of Government
Building the tools for public services to secure better outcomes: Collaboration, Prevention, Innovation
Oxford Government Review 2: Bridging the Gap
New paper by Thomas Elston the impact of timing on the success of public sector collaborations
Published in Public Management Review, the article uses inter-municipal partnerships in Catalonia between 2009–19 as a case study to test whether the timing of inter-municipal cooperation, and its duration, affect financial performance.