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Bake My Day!

Friday May 12 2017

I recently discovered a new facilitation tool. Bread making. When in doubt, if you’ve got a tricky subject matter, or disparate group of people, bake a loaf. As part of Marmalade 2017, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Camerados, and Mayday Trust hosted a workshop called Bread and Butter Services. This workshop intended to explore… Read More

The impact of learning and sharing on the development of Social Impact Bonds

Tuesday May 2 2017

In this third blog of my 2017 series inspired by my advisory visit to Japan, I reflect on the importance of international learning and sharing for improving Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). While honoured to have been an expert advisor to colleagues in Japan over the past three years, helping the country take its first steps… Read More

Responsible Business Week: alternative approaches to community impact

Thursday April 27 2017

Ahead of Responsible Business Week, we at OPM Group have been busy re-thinking our responsible business priorities, strategy, and policy. We’ve also been identifying local community needs as potential opportunities to contribute our time and skills and a group of us have been offering our research and insight to a growing charity, the Migration Museum… Read More


A cautionary tale of survey sampling

Wednesday January 27 2016

A cautionary tale of survey sampling It’s rare that survey sampling gets much attention outside of methodological textbooks. But recently, it has been getting just this attention – in the aftermath of the surprise result to the 2015 general election, that major polling organisations did not predict. It’s also rare that survey sampling is considered… Read More

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact

Tuesday January 12 2016

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact Shared measurement and standardisation is a hot topic in the field of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the third sector. Although there are several challenges to overcome, a flexible approach to shared measurement that is driven by those closest to the participants of social… Read More

Social Impact Bonds, Social Investment and the Comprehensive Spending Review

Monday October 26 2015

Can we keep doing more for less? George Osborne will soon be unveiling the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). For months, arguments have been put forward to support a fairer settlement for various public services. The Local Government Association’s (LGA) A Shared Commitment pointed out that local government received a larger reduction in… Read More