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Unleash the creative potential of Social Impact Bonds

Monday April 24 2017

In a previous blog based on my latest advisory trip to Japan, I noted that Japan is currently ‘translating’ the SIB model in order for it to be implemented in a way that is appropriate to its specific social, economic, political and cultural context. I have encouraged Japanese colleagues not to simply think that SIBs… Read More

Japan’s first steps in developing Social Impact Bonds

Thursday April 20 2017

Dr Chih Hoong Sin is in Tokyo for a third year running, this time to find out about the experiences of the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. It has been a real privilege working with a diverse group of stakeholders from the outset as they initially learned about the UK experience in implementing SIBs,… Read More

Working together for a stronger society – Our response to the Lords Select Committee of Charities Report

Thursday April 6 2017

Charities play a vital role in the ongoing social and economic success of the UK. At the same time, funding for charities has changed significantly. Funding received as grants has decreased over time, while contract funding has been increasing dramatically. Our response to the Charities Report shows that charities need better support to build their… Read More

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Making It Better: Manchester’s reconfiguration of maternity, neonatal and paediatric services holds essential lessons about how to lead successful change

Friday December 12 2014

2014 has been another year of attempts to future proof the NHS. Policy proposals within The ‘NHS Five Year Forward Review’ were welcomed by many, and the recently released Dalton Review on the future of hospitals further challenges NHS leaders to think differently about how healthcare services are organised and delivered. Throughout the past year,… Read More

25th anniversary guest blog series: The case for SIBs

Monday December 8 2014

Rough sleepers in London. Newly-released prisoners in New York. Foster kids in Manchester and unemployed immigrants in Belgium. Four very different social issues, but with one important thing in common: they’re all the subject of new interventions funded by social impact bonds. For the uninitiated, the basic principle behind social impact bonds is that rather… Read More

Social impact bonds: a little less theory, a little more practise

Monday December 1 2014

A few weeks ago OPM played host to a delegation of senior academics from Meiji University, Tokyo, as part of a research project funded by the Japanese Government into social impact bonds (SIBs). The purpose of their visit was to conduct empirical studies of social impact investments, especially SIBs, already implemented in the UK and… Read More