Social Impact Bonds: The Role of Private Capital in Outcome-Based Commissioning

"The findings of this paper suggest that private social investment helps overcome some of the existing limitations of PbR contracting by, inter alia, re-distributing the financial risks of non-delivery."

This paper, written by Dr Daniel Edmiston and Dr Alex Nicholls of the University of Oxford, explores the subject of social impact bonds/payment by results and the effect private social investment has on outcome-based commissioning.

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"The findings suggest that the introduction of private capital in outcome-based commissioning has had a number of unique and unintended effects on service providers, operations and outcomes. The paper concludes by considering whether social impact bonds represent a risk or an opportunity for public service reform both in the UK and further afield."

EDMISTON, D., & NICHOLLS, A. (n.d.). Social Impact Bonds: The Role of Private Capital in Outcome-Based Commissioning. Journal of Social Policy, 1-20. doi:10.1017/S0047279417000125