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A bigger say in the NHS for patients

Thursday January 17 2013

A truly patient-led NHS has been an aspiration in the health service for well over a decade. The motivation is born out of the realisation that improving patient involvement could lead to better services, higher standards of care and greaterefficiency savings. Furthermore, high profile failings, such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust, have highlighted just how bad patient… Read More

Harness assets to truly make savings

Friday December 21 2012

The Department for Communities & Local Government’s guide to saving money, published earlier this week, contains some tips that councils may find helpful. There is, however, little in it to signify the “change in culture” which Eric Pickles refers to in the foreword. There are some neat ideas like pop-up shops in public buildings, alongside… Read More

“Mutual and co-operative approaches to delivering local services” report published

Thursday December 6 2012

OPM was very pleased to contribute to the CLG Committee’s “Mutual and cooperative approaches to delivering local services” report, published today. The report outlines findings into the progress and development of employee owned cooperatives that can help to deliver local services. We found the committee’s recommendations to transform the “shape, responsiveness and quality of local… Read More

Comment

A cautionary tale of survey sampling

Wednesday January 27 2016

A cautionary tale of survey sampling It’s rare that survey sampling gets much attention outside of methodological textbooks. But recently, it has been getting just this attention – in the aftermath of the surprise result to the 2015 general election, that major polling organisations did not predict. It’s also rare that survey sampling is considered… Read More

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact

Tuesday January 12 2016

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact Shared measurement and standardisation is a hot topic in the field of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the third sector. Although there are several challenges to overcome, a flexible approach to shared measurement that is driven by those closest to the participants of social… Read More

Social Impact Bonds, Social Investment and the Comprehensive Spending Review

Monday October 26 2015

Can we keep doing more for less? George Osborne will soon be unveiling the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). For months, arguments have been put forward to support a fairer settlement for various public services. The Local Government Association’s (LGA) A Shared Commitment pointed out that local government received a larger reduction in… Read More