News and Comment


Evaluation Framework led by OPM’s Heather Heathfield selected to highlight impact made by UK academic Computer Science Research in new report

Friday August 7 2015

The Project Review and Objective Evaluation (PROBE) toolkit led by OPM’s Dr Heather Heathfield has been selected by the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC), Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and British Computer Society (BCS) Academy as a case study for a new report highlighting the impact made by UK academic Computer Science Research over the period 2008 – 2013…. Read More

‘Infrastructure and the Citizen’ policy paper serialised by Democratic Audit

Tuesday July 14 2015

‘Infrastructure and the Citizen’, the new policy paper by OPM’s sister company, consultation and engagement specialists Dialogue by Design, and UCL Transport Institute, has been serialised over the past few weeks in the Democratic Audit blog. The following chapters have been published as stand alone articles:        

Happy Leap Second Day!

Tuesday June 30 2015

Blink.. and you just might miss it. Scientists are adding an extra second to our clocks on Tuesday, June 30. The one extra second is called a ‘leap second,’ and put simply, every few years it ensures that the Earth’s rotation, which is gradually slowing, catches up with atomic clocks, keeping official time neatly in sync with night… Read More


The Council of the Future – Making all of us into designers

Tuesday February 13 2018

Participation in design is one of the ways that councils of the future can really empower people, but how? Every council wants to be empowering. They want to empower their staff to be innovative and to make decisions; they want to empower their community groups to make more impact; they want to empower residents to… Read More

The Council of the Future – innovating in community support

Friday February 9 2018

OPM Group Associate, David Newton, writes about innovations in community support on the Isle of Wight. Last year I was fortunate enough to chair a committee to design an innovative and entirely integrated health and social care system on the Isle of Wight. It was a huge learning curve! At the core of our new… Read More

NSIP Event 2018

Wednesday February 7 2018

One of our Principals, Lucy Farrow, will be talking at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects event today. She is discussing how Dialogue by Design (part of OPM Group) became the UK’s leading provider for Consultation and Engagement for infrastructure projects. We have worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects and have delivered over… Read More