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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


Whither Social Impact Bonds?

Wednesday October 21 2015

When the Peterborough Social Impact Bond (SIB) was launched in 2010, SIBs were heralded as the future of funding social change. This £5million SIB was designed to reduce reoffending among short-sentence male prisoners through an innovative model of levering private investment in social outcomes. In April 2014, however, the third and final cohort of the… Read More

‘Quality of death’ – national success vs local variation

Wednesday October 7 2015

Most of us are familiar with the concept of ‘quality of life’ when thinking about a neighbourhood, city, or country. ‘Quality of death’, on the other hand, isn’t something we regularly talk about. However, a recent report has been in the news this week for doing just that. The latest Quality of Death Index has… Read More

Can a different kind of council website help build new collaborations with communities?

Monday September 28 2015

For years, most councils have been running consultations with their communities to find out what they think about services, what they want to see done differently, and increasingly what they would prioritise (and depriotise) in order to inform spending plans. This is largely an exercise in research – in understanding what people think about their… Read More