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.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Understanding the relationship between NHS and Chairs and Chief Executives

The nature of the relationship between the Chair and the Chief Executive can have a significant impact on an organisation but there has been little recent research on the quality of this relationship within NHS organisations.

In 2009 the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement commissioned OPM (Office for Public Management) to improve our knowledge and understanding of how these relationships work; what makes them effective and what can cause a relationship to go wrong. The research involved a review of the recent literature relating to Chair-Chief Executives relationships in the NHS and other sectors and qualitative interviews (face to face) with over 40 Chairs and Chief Executives from a full range of NHS organisations.

The research identified two key ways in which chairs and chief executives view their relationships; ‘co-action’ focused on interpersonal features and ‘counter action’ focused on tasks. It also identified behaviours judged as being important by participants for a successful relationship, factors that contribute to the breakdown of a relationship and the impact of the relationship on the organisation.

The study also considered how the NHS Institute can best support Chairs and Chief Executives in establishing and maintaining effective relationships. The report includes recommendations about the type of support that may be helpful to those looking to strengthen their relationships.


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.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Future of Unpaid Care in Scotland

This is a report of an event held on 26 August 2005 at Murrayfield Stadium, as part of the research on the future of unpaid care in Scotland, undertaken by OPM, and commissioned by Care 21, a social work innovation unit located within the Social Work Services Policy Services Division of the Scottish Executive.