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Coach training course delivered by OPM receives award from leading professional body

Thursday October 1 2015

OPM’s Institute for Leadership (ILM) Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring course has received an Accredited Award in Coach Training status by the Association for Coaching (AC). Dedicated to promoting ‘promoting excellence & ethics in coaching’ worldwide, the Association remarked that the programme: “Exceeds the number of hours required for this level of AC Coach Training Accreditation… Read More

OPM continues social impact bonds knowledge sharing relationship with Japanese universities

Monday September 21 2015

Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome an SIB research delegation led by Meiji University back to OPM. The visit is the latest development in the partnership supporting a 5 year empirical study funded by the Japanese Government into how social impact investments, especially SIBs, affect governments, social service providers, service users, and the standard of social services in… Read More

OPM research into SEND pathfinder programme published by the DfE

Tuesday August 11 2015

The final report from the evaluation of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pathfinder programme, featuring qualitative research conducted by OPM, has been published by the Department for Education. The DfE commissioned a consortium led by SQW to undertake the evaluation. The team drew together a wide range of complementary experience as shown in the… Read More


Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More