Laura Sharman 21 October 2021

Ministers urged to make more use of outcomes-based approaches

Ministers urged to make more use of outcomes-based approaches image

The use of Social Impact Bonds could help deliver better public services for less money, according to a new report.

A report by Julie Marson MP urges the Government to embrace outcomes-based approaches as a way to bring external investment, expertise and innovation to the delivery of public services.

The report, produced for Centre for Policy Studies think tank, argues that because these approaches only pay when the agreed outcomes have been achieved, they can help deliver long-term savings, improve efficiency and encourage innovation.

However, one study shows that only £3bn of the £230bn a year spent by the state on ‘human services’ such as like healthcare and children’s services, involved any kind of payment for outcomes.

Ms Marson said: 'By shifting focus on to results, with the same level of commitment that Thatcher gave to her programme of privatisation and market-led reform, this Government can succeed where others have failed and lead the machine of government into age of excellence that is driven by results, innovation and performance improvement.'

The report makes 10 key recommendations to improve the performance of Social Impact Bonds and that of government spending.

Photo: IR Stone / Shutterstock.com

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