Past events

Payment-for-performance: incentivising quality in public services

Tuesday 19 February 2013, 5:30pm - 7:15pm
John Snow Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT

An increasing number of countries are experimenting with payment mechanisms to improve the quality and outcomes of public services. Payment-for-performance (P4P) aligns financial rewards with predefined performance targets and is an aspiration for the UK Government across many sectors of policy. A number of schemes are currently underway in different settings, although the evidence available to guide scheme development remains limited. Current schemes vary in design with differences in performance measurement, appraisal and reimbursement making it difficult to generalise about the benefits, risks and costs of P4P.

At a time when P4P schemes are envisaged in a growing number of settings for health care, it is timely to review P4P and its evaluation, internationally and in UK public policy. This event brought together research and policy experts for an evening of presentations and a panel discussion to explore the gains that may be made by applying P4P techniques, as well as an appraisal of the limitations.


Simon Burgess photo

Simon Burgess, (Speaker)
Professor of Economics & Director, Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol. Read more >>

Toby Eccles photo

Toby Eccles, (Speaker)
Development Director, Social Finance.

Michael Borowitz photo

Michael Borowitz, (Panel)
Senior Health Economist, OECD.

Gareth Harper photo

Gareth Harper, (Panel)
Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Justice.

Julian Le Grand photo

Julian Le Grand, (Panel)
Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science. Read more >>

Nick Seddon photo

Nick Seddon, (Panel)
Deputy Director, Reform.

Martin Knapp photo

Martin Knapp, (Chair)
Professor of Social Policy & Director, NIHR School for Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Science & PIRU core team. Read more >>

Nicholas Mays photo

Nicholas Mays, (Introduction)
Professor of Health Policy, LSHTM & Director, PIRU. Read more >>


Toby Eccles: Payment by results

Simon Burgess: Performance-related pay in public services: theory and evidence

Panel discussion: What have we learnt about P4P in public services and which is the way forward in the UK?