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Unleash the creative potential of Social Impact Bonds

Monday April 24 2017

In a previous blog based on my latest advisory trip to Japan, I noted that Japan is currently ‘translating’ the SIB model in order for it to be implemented in a way that is appropriate to its specific social, economic, political and cultural context. I have encouraged Japanese colleagues not to simply think that SIBs… Read More

Japan’s first steps in developing Social Impact Bonds

Thursday April 20 2017

Dr Chih Hoong Sin is in Tokyo for a third year running, this time to find out about the experiences of the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. It has been a real privilege working with a diverse group of stakeholders from the outset as they initially learned about the UK experience in implementing SIBs,… Read More

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

Comment

Commissioning and the Big Society

Wednesday December 15 2010

Big Society has implications for effective commissioning, as budgets and accountability become increasingly devolved to community groups and away from councils and central government.  OPM are part of the Springboard consortium delivering the Commissioning Support Programme (CSP) since 2008. Together with Kindle, CSP recently launched its own paper on the role of commissioning (and the… Read More

How to avoid being killed by the fall: managing change

Friday November 26 2010

Many organisations are developing detailed transformation programmes to achieve efficiency savings, but relatively few are spending enough time attending to the impact these are having on internal and external relationships. The danger is that we come out of these programmes with shell-shocked staff, uncertain partners and unhappy service users and communities, where relationships are so… Read More

Whose fairness is it anyway?

Thursday November 25 2010

Fairness is a word tripping off politicians’ tongues at the moment. It’s one of those words that can be embraced on all sides – everyone likes fairness and dislikes unfairness, just as everyone likes good food rather than bad food. It’s a given. But just as one person’s idea of good food might be different… Read More