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Local communities can provide councils with a way out of a crisis

Thursday November 8 2012

The question raised by Lord Heseltine’s growth report is how much councils can improve their own performance. One answer is staring them in the face: councils need to rethink their concept of resources to encompass their own communities. That isn’t a euphemism for press-ganging volunteers into doing everything. But when councils redesign services, they should take into… Read More

Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… Read More

Comment

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