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Reading Hack is a fun way for young people to recognise their self-worth

Monday June 20 2016

Reading Hack is an innovative Reading Agency programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Launched in 2015, the programme works with young people aged 13-24 across England to create opportunities for reading-inspired activity, volunteering roles and peer-to-peer reading advocacy. OPM has been commissioned to undertake a three year evaluation of Reading Hack to understand its… Read More

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?

Tuesday June 14 2016

Our evaluation of the Sound Check programme has recently been referenced in the fifth edition of Professor Greg Brooks’ What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? which details the effectiveness of schemes to support the reading, spelling, or overall writing performance of lower-attaining pupils. Sound Check was a programme run by the… Read More

Blog series: Tackling Social Financing

Thursday June 9 2016

After being invited to Japan for a second year to discuss the potential for Social Impact Bonds in funding public sector delivery, Dr. Chih Hoong Sin reflects on some of the key discussion points in this four part blog series. Japan in Spring: the budding potential for Social Impact Bonds. Social impact bonds in Japan: it’s… Read More


Systems Leadership in Complex Cities

Monday July 27 2015

How OPM recently worked with Vietnamese civil servants to explore the role of systems leadership in complex city challenges. With a population centre of more than 10 million people, London is the UK’s one and only megacity. Whilst the city plays a dominant global role, there is no doubting that its sheer volume of people, communities… Read More

Employee ownership is no country for old men

Friday July 3 2015

There’s something distinctive and special about leadership in employee owned companies and it’s central to the sector’s success Today is Employee Ownership Day, when businesses up and down the country will celebrate the benefits of working without having to answer to external shareholders, usually with cake. Employee ownership is a big deal at the moment…. Read More

We all want to grow community capacity – but are we trying to do it in the wrong place?

Monday June 8 2015

How do we grow more engaged communities? How do we utilise the ideas, the skills and energy in our towns, villages and neighbourhoods in ways that make people’s lives better – and which enable our limited public finances to stretch that bit further? How do we open up different sorts of conversations and relationships between… Read More