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Evaluation Framework led by OPM’s Heather Heathfield selected to highlight impact made by UK academic Computer Science Research in new report

Friday August 7 2015

The Project Review and Objective Evaluation (PROBE) toolkit led by OPM’s Dr Heather Heathfield has been selected by the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC), Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and British Computer Society (BCS) Academy as a case study for a new report highlighting the impact made by UK academic Computer Science Research over the period 2008 – 2013…. Read More

‘Infrastructure and the Citizen’ policy paper serialised by Democratic Audit

Tuesday July 14 2015

‘Infrastructure and the Citizen’, the new policy paper by OPM’s sister company, consultation and engagement specialists Dialogue by Design, and UCL Transport Institute, has been serialised over the past few weeks in the Democratic Audit blog. The following chapters have been published as stand alone articles:        

Happy Leap Second Day!

Tuesday June 30 2015

Blink.. and you just might miss it. Scientists are adding an extra second to our clocks on Tuesday, June 30. The one extra second is called a ‘leap second,’ and put simply, every few years it ensures that the Earth’s rotation, which is gradually slowing, catches up with atomic clocks, keeping official time neatly in sync with night… 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