Government Outcomes Lab

The Blavatnik School of Government has entered a five-year partnership with the UK Cabinet Office to establish a centre of excellence for innovative public sector commissioning.

Harnessing expertise from across the University of Oxford and working closely with the Cabinet Office, the ‘Government Outcomes Lab’ (GO Lab) is finding new ways for the public sector to commission services while achieving better social outcomes, aligning the interests of local authorities, social investors and charities.

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and Outcomes-based commissioning (OBC) have emerged as innovative ways for governments to achieve better social outcomes through collaboration with the private and not-for-profit sectors. The GO Lab will develop world-leading research about when these work and when they don’t. It will provide practical, on the ground, support to local commissioners. The Blavatnik School of Government will host a repository of case studies and evidence.

This marks the School’s first major collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office, and will bring new opportunities for students, faculty and practitioners alike.

Government Outcomes Lab
“The partnership with the Cabinet Office brings the strength and momentum of the Blavatnik School of Government together with a powerful transformative initiative in the UK Government. Governments everywhere will benefit from research, data and training which helps them to focus on outcomes and to work better with the private and not-for-profit sectors.” - Dean, Professor Ngaire Woods
“SIBs represent a revolution in the way government can deliver public services. They generate huge savings for the taxpayer, increased revenues for charities and social enterprises and returns to social investors. The Government Outcomes Lab will give local authorities the support they need to develop SIBs, and build a centre of research excellence in the UK, helping us to build a truly compassionate society.” - UK Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson

Finding new ways for the public sector to commission services