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Commissioning for Outcomes – The role of social finance

Monday March 20 2017

Can social finance help with the challenges that public commissioning faces? This paper is intended as a provocation to government, commissioners, providers and investors to begin a richer conversation that doesn’t assume we already know the answers. OPM’s experts in commissioning for outcomes (Sue Goss) and in social finance (Chih Hoong) draw on their learning… Read More

Independent evaluation of the Essex Multi Systemic Therapy Social Impact Bond

Wednesday February 22 2017

For the past three years OPM has undertaken an independent evaluation of the Essex County Council Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) Social Impact Bond (SIB). The Social Impact Bond delivers MST to children and young people at risk of being taken into the local authority care.  The Social Impact Bond has been managed by Children’s Support… Read More

New approaches to public and patient engagement

Thursday February 9 2017

In the second half of 2016, OPM principals Rob Francis and Helen Brown worked with Birmingham CrossCity CCG to review their public and patient engagement structures. In this article, Rob talks about how the work took shape, what it helped to achieve and what we can all learn as a result. Please find the article… 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