05 - 06 September 2024, 09:00 - 21:00
Blavatnik School of Government and online
Open to the public
Group photo Social Outcomes Conference 2024

A bridge between scholars and practitioners 

The Social Outcomes Conference is the annual convening of the world's leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to improve social outcomes. The conference will feature discussions on the latest thinking and findings from academic research alongside insights from the emerging practice across different geographies, disciplines and policy areas.

Hybrid conference

We will host the conference in hybrid mode. We will stream all the conference sessions online, as well as offering in-person places for those who wish to attend at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. If you want to join us online (free to join), simply register on the Eventbrite page and we will send you the join-in instructions a few days before the conference. If you wish to attend in person, you will need to purchase a ticket. For more information on how to book, please visit the Government Outcomes Lab website.

The SOC24 Vision & Theme

In a world grappling with unprecedented challenges and near-constant crisis, collaboration is not a luxury but a necessity. At this year’s Social Outcomes Conference we ask how we can foster collaboration and partnership working in a world of increasing uncertainty. In the face of these adversities, accountability, transparency, and trust become more vital than ever, forming the bedrock of cross-sector partnerships aimed at social change. We ask: how can innovative contracting practices contribute to long-term, trust-based relationships? How can we use data not just to measure impact, but to actively drive improvement and hold partners accountable? How can we ensure that marginalised communities are meaningfully involved, not just consulted, in shaping and implementing solutions?

We will bring together the world’s leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share cutting-edge insights and practical strategies for building partnerships that not only deliver social good, but do so with integrity and efficacy.

Our conference theme is:
“Accountability, transparency, & trust in cross-sector partnerships”

Conference clusters

In addition to our conference theme, we are working to bring coherence to conference sessions by working with dedicated ‘clusters’ which build forward on conversations from previous editions of SOC:

Please note the order is not an indication of priority.

  • Data and measurement
  • Disrupting voices
  • Public contracting
  • Outcomes-based contracting

Take a look at last year's conference

Have a look at SOC23 to get a feel for what the Social Outcomes Conference looks like. You can also take a look at recordings of previous sessions on our SOC23 Daily Highlights here:

Read our blog reflecting on the Social Outcomes Conference 2023, written by last year's Head of the Conference.