News and Comment


Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Tuesday November 28 2017

News release Tuesday November 28 Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year Lucy Farrow of OPM Group is delighted to be announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year category in the UK Employee Ownership Awards. The awards run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale were held at… Read More

OPM Group support and services now available across the UK public sector through pan-government framework agreement

Thursday November 9 2017

OPM Group are delighted to announce that, as part of a new cross-sector collaboration, we have been awarded places on the Crown Commercial Service Framework RM3745 for Management Consultancy in Lots 5, 6, and 8. The award follows an extensive evaluation of hundreds of potential suppliers, and gives UK public sector organisations direct access to… Read More

Social Impact Bonds are not a magic bullet, but they can be useful

Wednesday July 12 2017

On 6 July 2017, we delivered a webinar on the Life Chances Fund (LCF) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) timed to raise awareness of the latest LCF call-out. As an independent public interest organisation, we are not in the market to “sell SIBs”. Instead, our mission is squarely on working with public services to enhance… Read More


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