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

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Harnessing expertise from across the University of Oxford and working closely with the Cabinet Office, the ‘Government Outcomes Lab’ (GO Lab) will find 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. One of the objectives of the GO Lab is to develop world-leading research about when these work and when they don’t, as well as providing practical support to local commissioners. The Blavatnik School of Government will also 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.

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