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Using targets to improve public services

Targets have been applied to a wide range of public services. This report analyses whether targets improve the performance of public services and the reasons for this, making recommendations on when and how government should set targets.
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How fit were public services for coronavirus?

This report, produced in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy, sets out an assessment of how prepared and resilient UK public services, such as the NHS, schools and the police, were for the pandemic.
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Government outsourcing: when and how to bring public services back into government hands

This report identifies four circumstances in which governments should consider returning a service to the public sector: an unhealthy or uncompetitive market; the need for flexibility to make changes to the service; a lack of government commercial skills to manage an outsourced contract successfully; or...
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The criminal justice system: how government reforms and coronavirus will affect policing, courts and prisons

This report sets out the potential impact of the United Kingdom government’s plan to increase the number of police officers by 20,000 and the coronavirus crisis on the criminal justice system.
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Government outsourcing: what has worked and what needs reform?

The role of external suppliers in delivering services to the public and to government has been expanded significantly over the past forty years. This report assesses where outsourcing has worked and where it has not, and why, and makes recommendations on how to improve the...