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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

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Is social investment the answer?

Monday September 12 2016

At OPM Group we have been involved in much of the early thinking around new models of financing and investment, and how these are changing the landscape of commissioning and delivery, for a number of years now. We have shared our experience of evaluating SIBs, designing feasibility studies and delivering commissioner advisory support through a series of blogs… Read More

So what works? Our top 7 tips for qualitative research with children and young people

Tuesday August 30 2016

Previously in this blog series we have looked at challenges and ideas when using baseline surveys and how to measure soft skills when working with children and young people. In this post I talk through some ideas around approaching qualitative interview-based research and the importance of being creative and flexible in this work. Working with children and young… Read More

Reflect, adjust and share learning: how to measure soft skill development in children and young people

Monday August 22 2016

So far in this blog series, we’ve talked about how to manage expectations and understand findings from baseline and exit surveys with children and young people. We’ll now continue this conversation with a focus on the challenges of measuring soft skill development, and share some useful tools and ideas from our recent work. The challenges… Read More