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Revolutionising the role of councils

Wednesday April 17 2013

How can councils become more business-like without becoming businesses? It would be hard enough to meet the challenges of current and future funding cuts, even without the major demographic and social changes that accompany them. Add to this the recession and transformations in the wider public policy environment – and it is no exaggeration to… Read More

Launch of the Whole Place Community Budgets website

Tuesday April 9 2013

A Whole Place Community Budgets website has been launched this week to help local police forces, health providers, councils and other agencies explore new ways of rewiring public services around local people. OPM was commissioned to produce the practical learning resource by the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It pulls together the insights from across… Read More

The power of two

Thursday March 28 2013

The future has been a long time coming for those leading clinical commissioning groups towards their full establishment as statutory bodies, but it is now in increasingly clear focus. Whether or not there is a final tussle about the fine print of the secondary legislation, April is just around the corner. What will the next… Read More

Comment

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