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Reading Hack is a fun way for young people to recognise their self-worth

Monday June 20 2016

Reading Hack is an innovative Reading Agency programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Launched in 2015, the programme works with young people aged 13-24 across England to create opportunities for reading-inspired activity, volunteering roles and peer-to-peer reading advocacy. OPM has been commissioned to undertake a three year evaluation of Reading Hack to understand its… Read More

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?

Tuesday June 14 2016

Our evaluation of the Sound Check programme has recently been referenced in the fifth edition of Professor Greg Brooks’ What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? which details the effectiveness of schemes to support the reading, spelling, or overall writing performance of lower-attaining pupils. Sound Check was a programme run by the… Read More

Blog series: Tackling Social Financing

Thursday June 9 2016

After being invited to Japan for a second year to discuss the potential for Social Impact Bonds in funding public sector delivery, Dr. Chih Hoong Sin reflects on some of the key discussion points in this four part blog series. Japan in Spring: the budding potential for Social Impact Bonds. Social impact bonds in Japan: it’s… Read More


Should we beware the meritocracy?

Monday October 25 2010

Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding provoked much debate about whether young people from poorer backgrounds will now be deterred from going to university. The president of Oxford University’s Student Union said the report heralded ‘a dark day for meritocracy’. Meritocracy is a word that has become popular with politicians on all sides in… Read More

Striking the right balance between innovative and adaptive leadership

Thursday October 21 2010

The current financial and political climate calls for genuine transformation, and for leaders who are able to encourage and harness different styles of thinking. Traditional salami-slicing of budgets cannot yield the required level of savings; radical thinking is required. But where does this leave managers and leaders who naturally adopt a more adaptive style? OPM’s… Read More

How can managers keep trusting each other in tough times?

Thursday October 21 2010

Having to make 25 per cent cuts is enough to put a strain on relationships in any management team, and in this kind of situation ensuring good levels of trust between leaders is all important. In this post, OPM’s principal for local government, Sue Goss, pinpoints the key ingredients of maintaining trust within councils working… Read More