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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 5/5 – Publication

Wednesday March 27 2013

In March 2013 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced its advice to the Government on the ethics and science of mitochondria replacement – IVF-based techniques developed to give families at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease the chance of having a healthy child. Having considered the findings from the public dialogue carried out by OPM and… Read More

Decommissioning the effective and responsible way

Tuesday March 26 2013

The ongoing need to reduce total spend means the already difficult and sometimes misunderstood task of de-commissioning will be taking place in virtually all localities, writes Ayesha Janjua. In the recent past, many councils have been guilty of poor decommissioning; sometimes by cutting too hard, sometimes by cutting too fast. The result is something that… Read More

A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 4/5 – Reporting

Friday March 8 2013

The reporting process of a public consultation is the final culmination of all the stages we have previously discussed in this series of blog posts. During report writing, the views of all respondents are condensed into a document that is often available to the public, which represents a definitive output of the consultation process, along… 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