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Working together for a stronger society – Our response to the Lords Select Committee of Charities Report

Thursday April 6 2017

Charities play a vital role in the ongoing social and economic success of the UK. At the same time, funding for charities has changed significantly. Funding received as grants has decreased over time, while contract funding has been increasing dramatically. Our response to the Charities Report shows that charities need better support to build their… Read More

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

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