Research & publications

CfGS is committed to developing and promoting leading policy and practice in governance and scrutiny.

Latest Publications

Response to consultation: NHS System Oversight Framework, 2021/22

CfGS has responded to the NHS’s consultation on its System Oversight Framework for 2021/22.  This work links closely with our …

Governance risk and resilience framework: summary

A summary of the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You can find full details on the framework at www.cfgs.org.uk/governancerisk …

The governance risk and resilience framework: the seven characteristics

This is a document setting out the “seven characteristics” used to support the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You …

The governance risk and resilience framework: technical paper

A technical paper to explain the background to the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You can find full details …

Revised guidance: Overview and Scrutiny in Combined Authorities

This is our second edition of the guide to overview and scrutiny in Combined Authorities (CAs). When the first edition …

Position paper and explainer: the Government’s health White Paper

This document explains some of the key features of the new White Paper, with a focus on the role of …

Position paper: May 2021 elections and remote meetings

This is a CfGS position paper with our views on the potential postponement of the May 2021 elections (notwithstanding Government’s …

Rethinking governance for the 20s

An update to the CfPS/LGA publication “Rethinking governance” (2014).  A separate appendix is available which provides more details on the …

Featured Publications

Governance risk and resilience framework: summary

Posted on 08/03/2021 by Ed Hammond

A summary of the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You can find full details on the framework at www.cfgs.org.uk/governancerisk …

The governance risk and resilience framework: the seven characteristics

Posted on 08/03/2021 by Ed Hammond

This is a document setting out the “seven characteristics” used to support the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You …

Our research takes different forms:

Publications exploring the governance and scrutiny challenges which form part of new developments such as devolution, sustainability and transformation plans in health or new delivery vehicles. These are free to access, and some are funded by our partners including the Local Government Association.

Thought-leadership and policy development work which seeks to learn from our delivery experience or provide insight into new and potential challenges facing leaders and the governance community. This often takes the form of roundtables, blogs and think pieces.

Organising idea exchanges, best practice and support events including conferences, regional seminars and gatherings for specific groups of practitioners. These are promoted via our newsletter and you can sign-up here.

Running campaigns when we think something needs highlighting or changing. Often this involves advocating the benefits of transparency and accountability – an example is changes we promoted to local government scrutiny to coincide with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry. You can read about our submission to the inquiry here.

Research is an area where CfGS is looking to increase activity. The aim is to have a good balance between work we fund from income generation and projects funded via grants and other research funding mechanisms.