Published: 8th February 2017
Despite recent improvements, attempts to better manage public service contracts risk failing.
Strengthening Whitehall’s top-level structures and processes
Published: 9th March 2015
This report examines the impact of structural reforms on government effectiveness.
Priorities for reforming arm’s-length government in the UK
Published: 4th March 2015
When the Coalition came to power in 2010, it outlined a series of measures to reform arm’s-length government in the UK, popularly characterised as another “bonfire of the quangos”.
The demise of the Audit Commission and other improvement agencies
Published: 11th March 2014
This report provides three short studies of the fate of three very different improvement agencies – the Audit Commission, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the NHS Modernisation Agency.
Lessons from 30 years of attempting to devolve political power in the UK
Published: 30th January 2014
Drawing on a detailed analysis of seven past reforms, this report identifies 10 obstacles to decentralisation.
Commissioning public services for better outcomes
Published: 23rd January 2014
This report is the output of a joint project between Collaborate and the Institute for Government, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship
Published: 18th July 2013
This report explores government’s design and oversight of public service markets in employment services (the Work Programme), secondary education, care for older people and probation services.
Which service features affect the ease of government contracting?
Published: 24th January 2013
This working paper identifies six questions that those introducing, adapting or overseeing contractual mechanisms in public services should ask to gain a better understanding of their costs and benefits.
How to avoid the pitfalls of open public services
Published: 31st August 2012
This publication examines the difficulties of ‘opening up’ public services through choice and competition and identifies some possible remedies.