Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Establishing the costs of CAA

An OPM study commissioned by the Audit Commission on behalf of the Joint Inspectorates. The Audit Commission, on behalf of the six partner inspectorates involved in the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA), commissioned OPM to: estimate the costs of CAA incurred by local authorities as a sector in complying with its inspection and audit requirements in its first year; and, compare CAA year one costs with costs incurred by local authorities under the previous Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) regime. This costing study is part of a wider evaluation of year one of CAA. This report summarises the key findings of the study.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Children’s Services Interventions Evaluation

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned OPM  to conduct an evaluation of children’s services interventions in five local authorities: Walsall, Waltham Forest, Swindon, North East Lincolnshire, and Plymouth. The aim of this evaluation was to provide an independent, external view on the impact of recently ended major DCSF interventions.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Multi-Level Commissioning: Literature Review

OPM were asked to conduct a review of the available literature examining the concept of multi-level commissioning. This report presents the main findings from the review, summarising the key messages from the literature about the issues surrounding commissioning processes, the potential of devolved commissioning and what implications changes in these areas may have for children’s services. The review reflects the changing landscape of commissioning and the rapid development and evolution of approaches to commissioning.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Integrated Commissioning for Children’s Services

A practical guide to the development of simple commissioning frameworks and clear structures for children’s services authorities. It explore what integrated commissioning for children’s services means and how it works in practice.

Monday, October 2, 2006

Beyond Good Intentions toolkit

A resource for local authorities using the Disability Equality Duty. This resource is the result of a year-long project that involved working with a range of UK local authorities. The project was commissioned by the DRC and carried out by OPM.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Sticking together: Social capital and local government

In 2002 and 2005, Camden commissioned two surveys aimed at measuring social capital, as it is broadly understood, in the borough (Office for Public Management 2002 and 2005). This publication is intended to help Camden explore the significance of the survey findings and develop policies in response to them. But we also hope it will help others in local government think about why social capital matters to them and what they can do to promote it.