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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

Police commissioners need to change, and councils can show them how

Thursday February 7 2013

Last week Alan Travis, the Guardian’s home affairs editor, was scathing about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs). His article quoted an Electoral Reform Society (ERS) report stating that the elections failed both candidates and voters: “Voters were left in the dark about who they could vote for, while candidates were kept away by huge deposits,… Read More

Comment

Social Impact Bonds: UK and comparative perspectives – Part 2

Wednesday May 27 2015

I was recently invited to Tokyo, Japan, to share learning from the UK experience of designing and implementing Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). The UK was the first country in the world to implement a SIB – the innovative model that levers private capital to fund services aimed at generating measurable social outcomes for defined target… Read More

Communicate the method as well as the madness when measuring the political pulse

Friday May 22 2015

If a week is considered a long time in politics, then the previous two will have felt like an eternity for some in the polling industry. The pollsters will be relieved to see the back of the last fortnight. Traumatised by the release of the now infamous exit poll that sent shock waves around the… Read More

Patients in control: ‘assume it’s possible’

Friday May 1 2015

Imagine walking into a GP surgery. For most of us, the first thing we normally face is a reception desk with overworked staff fielding phone calls in front of long queues of waiting patients. What would happen if you took the reception desk away? Can you picture the waiting room as a place to talk… Read More