The principles of choice and competition have underpinned successive governments’ public service reform agendas in an effort to improve quality, efficiency and value for money across a range of public services. This programme explores:
- where choice and competition are appropriate
- how to test and implement new delivery models
- how to improve value for money in public services where choice and competition play a major role.
We do this through research and collaborative enquiry with those working in public services to examine:
- the history of choice and competition across a range of sectors
- contemporary innovations, such as payment by results contracting, public sector mutuals and other new delivery models
- current practice in a range of service areas in the UK and (to a smaller degree) internationally.
Our aim is to influence policy and practice by informing public, political and practitioner debates.