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Social Impact Bonds and their implications for service providers

Friday May 12 2017

During my recent visit to Japan, I heard about the early steps taken in the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. I was struck by how radical the idea of outcomes-based commissioning and delivery is in Japan. The current interest in SIBs in Japan can be seen as an attempt to refocus public services… Read More

Bake My Day!

Friday May 12 2017

I recently discovered a new facilitation tool. Bread making. When in doubt, if you’ve got a tricky subject matter, or disparate group of people, bake a loaf. As part of Marmalade 2017, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Camerados, and Mayday Trust hosted a workshop called Bread and Butter Services. This workshop intended to explore… Read More

The impact of learning and sharing on the development of Social Impact Bonds

Tuesday May 2 2017

In this third blog of my 2017 series inspired by my advisory visit to Japan, I reflect on the importance of international learning and sharing for improving Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). While honoured to have been an expert advisor to colleagues in Japan over the past three years, helping the country take its first steps… Read More

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Introducing our new blog series – engaging children and young people in research and evaluation

Tuesday August 9 2016

At OPM we jump at the opportunity to work on projects involving children and young people. Not only are they tremendously fun to work with, but we passionately believe in the importance of their voices being heard in issues that affect them. From researching young people’s views on police stop and search powers to evaluating… Read More

Evaluating the added value of Social Impact Bond investment

Tuesday July 5 2016

In this fourth blog of the series that summarises key points in a speech I delivered at the 2016 Social Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility Forum, held at Meiji University in Tokyo, I reflect on some of the lessons learned in evaluating Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). This blog explores what it means to conduct such evaluations, and… Read More

What employee ownership means to us

Thursday June 30 2016

At OPM Group (Office for Public Management and Dialogue by Design) we pride ourselves on being an employee owned company. But what does that actually mean in practice? How does it affect our relationship with colleagues or our understanding of the business? How does it impact us on a day to day basis? Employee Ownership… Read More