About us

Our mission is to help enable governments to develop the next generation of public service solutions for citizens through research and innovation in service design.

 

Governments worldwide are facing increasing costs, demands, deficit challenges, and expectations from citizens who are in return often experiencing higher taxation, underwhelming user experience and inadequate public service outcomes.

In light of this, we seek to: 

  • Improve the efficiency of the services governments deliver on behalf of taxpayers
  • Make current and future public service solutions more citizen-centric and outcome-focussed
  • Engage with some of the biggest societal and economic trends affecting what governments will need to deliver to their citizens in the years to come

We do this through working independently and through working with others to create and crowd-source innovative thinking and solutions that enable governments to improve public services.

We work to deliver:

  • Research 
  • Innovation in service design
  • Entirely new approaches to service delivery

Director’s note

 

Kate Steadman, Director, Serco Institute

 

We are a think tank originally established by Serco in 2002 to explore and develop thinking on mechanisms for delivering public services, and in particular around the benefits of contestability and competition; in 2012 the Institute became dormant.  However, at a time when there has never been a greater need for public services which deliver high quality and resilience to service users, and which represent value-for-money for taxpayers, we have decided to relaunch and re-vivify the Institute.

While we will of course look at what the private sector can bring to public service provision and we believe in the merits of diversity of provision, our thinking horizon is a much broader one and we look to examine how public services can be improved as a whole.

We seek to garner insight from experts from all sectors and from across the globe to help develop ideas which will underpin the next generation of public service solutions for citizens.

The more perspectives we gather, from academics, technologists, start-ups, outsourcers, procurers, policy makers, or charities, the more likely we are to capture insight that allows for the design and delivery of public services that make society work better. 

 

View our previous research.

News & Views

News: Rupert Soames OBE gives speech introducing the Serco Institute

The purpose of the Institute is to be a forum where academics, civil servants, practitioners, companies small, medium and large, including our competitors, both in this country and abroad, can contribute their ideas.
10th January 2019

News: Dubai breaks boundaries with truly joined up service delivery expos

City Makers in Dubai conduct hackathon style innovation sessions by bringing together multi-agency professionals to work on shared goals (source: apolitical.co)
9th January 2019

Report: Institute for Government on the UK's outsourcing landscape in 2018

Institute for Government's first in a series of reports on the outsourcing landscape in the UK. Their key facts: £284bn spent 2017/18 by government on procurement of services from external suppliers (1/3 public expenditure); 28% (& increasing) of central government budget (£178bn); 47% (& declining) of local government (£98bn); overall this is not as much as other OECD countries; but poor quality of procurement data restricts analysis (source: instituteforgovernment.org.uk)
13th December 2018