News and Comment


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


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