News and Comment


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


Karen Shackleton on, ‘Pension Funds and Social Investments – The Optimum Path to a Meeting of Minds’

Tuesday October 17 2017

Introduction to Karen Shackleton’s Guest Blog By: Sheila Pardoe Last February, I had the great privilege of meeting and working with Karen Shackleton during a 2-day social investment event, The Gathering. Throughout the event, I supported Karen’s ground-breaking conversations on how pension funds can unlock capital in the UK’s social investment space. This was alongside… Read More

Macmillan Coffee Morning at OPM Group

Friday September 29 2017

At OPM Group all our activities include a focus on improving the social infrastructure around us. And we like cake! We also have also done a significant amount of work with Macmillan Cancer Support, and we wanted to back up their activities by participating in the coffee morning. Over a dozen OPM staff intrepidly prepared… Read More

Participation, data, and impact: Ofwat’s engagement methodology for Price Review 2019

Wednesday August 16 2017

One thing our team enjoy doing is figuring out how to make complicated subjects accessible (and fun!) to members of the public so that they can share their opinions. Working with the water industry regularly provides these opportunities (How do you get customers to weigh up and give opinions on water resource options? How do… Read More