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 key principles of successful approaches to promoting meaningful interaction
- the benefits of meaningful interaction for individuals, neighbourhoods and communities, for example in terms of improvements to health, welfare and life in general
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.
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.