Nigel Ball is the executive director at the University of Oxford’s Government Outcomes Lab, where he leads the work of engaging government commissioners and other practitioners in the research and best practice generated by the GO Lab team.
Prior to joining the GO Lab, Nigel was part of the founding team of West London Zone for Children and Young People, where he set up a 'Collective Impact Bond', which leveraged multiple public and private sources of funding to be paid when the children supported achieve positive results.
Nigel’s previous roles include being the Head of Innovation at Teach First, the leading education charity, and supporting social entrepreneurship in east Africa. He is a passionate advocate of innovative approaches to generating social impact, and better aligning social and financial value. He is also a qualified teacher, having learnt his craft in a secondary school in Eccles, Manchester. He holds a first class BA in English and Linguistics from the University of York.
Too complex and prone to manipulation? Or a brilliant way to tackle thorny social issues? Opinions on social impact bonds remain divided. The UK's Government Outcomes Lab has spent six years studying the evidence...