Monday, March 7, 2011

Financial relationships with third sector organisations

The National Audit Office commissioned OPM to research the Government’s financial relationships with third sector organisations. In so doing OPM looked at the existing guidance and the experience of stakeholders in commissioning third sector organisations in provider roles for local authorities and primary care trusts.

The resultant decision support tool seeks to provide practical support for ‘real-life’ decisions about the design of appropriate funding models. It is designed to help ensure programmes are effective, economical and efficient.

It is intended to be used by commissioners at a local level e.g. in local government and local health services but its messages are relevant to all commissioners and will be of interest to TSOs and other stakeholders.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Shared Ownership in Practice: Case studies of five public service mutuals

This report gives more detail about the journeys taken by staff and communities who have taken over ownership of public services and assets. The case studies trace the challenges and success factors faced in five areas: Oldham, North Dorset, Rochdale, Stockport and Northamptonshire. The strategic learning report about these and two other ‘mutuals’ is also available.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things we wish we’d known – top tips for setting up health improvement programmes

This guide draws together some of our learning, identifying both things we did well and ‘if only we knew then’ tips and resources to help teams planning programmes to improve health or reduce health inequalities. It draws on lessons learnt from a programme jointly developed by NHS Manchester and Manchester City Council, known as points4life.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The benefits of meaningful interaction

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) commissioned the OPM to conduct a review of the evidence relating to meaningful interaction. OPM is an independent research and development organisation that works with public services across sectors to improve social outcomes.

The study focuses on collating and analysing the existing evidence relating to:

The objectives of the research are to provide a clear evidence base to inform future decisions regarding national, regional and local policy-making and practice relating to meaningful interaction

Friday, October 1, 2010

Creativity and education in the Prevent agenda

Creativity, Culture & Education (CCE) commissioned OPM to conduct an evaluation of the CCE Prevent Programme. The CCE Prevent Programme works with creative agents, cultural practitioners, community activists and schools in selected areas in England to build the resilience of communities to violent extremism. As part of this evaluation, we were asked to conduct a review of relevant literature and good practice to explore the role of this Programme within the wider government strategy towards building community resilience to violent extremism: the Prevent Strategy.




Monday, June 21, 2010

Hate crime research report: Don’t stand by

OPM were commissioned by Mencap to conduct research that explored how police services across England tackle hate crime against people with a learning disability.

In total 14 police services across England took part in research. The resulting report contains 22 recommendations about how police services can improve along with detailed advice for police services about how to put the recommendations into practice.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Leadership of place: light touch mapping

The Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA), the Leadership Centre for Local Government, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) jointly commissioned OPM to conduct research into current activity around leadership of place.

The research used interviews and a review of documents to map current activity and identify options for possible future collaboration. Interviewees included key stakeholders across the four organisations, academics and other experts who have worked in this area, and the directors of a number of the regional improvement and efficiency partnerships.

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.