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Reading Hack is a fun way for young people to recognise their self-worth

Monday June 20 2016

Reading Hack is an innovative Reading Agency programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Launched in 2015, the programme works with young people aged 13-24 across England to create opportunities for reading-inspired activity, volunteering roles and peer-to-peer reading advocacy. OPM has been commissioned to undertake a three year evaluation of Reading Hack to understand its… Read More

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?

Tuesday June 14 2016

Our evaluation of the Sound Check programme has recently been referenced in the fifth edition of Professor Greg Brooks’ What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? which details the effectiveness of schemes to support the reading, spelling, or overall writing performance of lower-attaining pupils. Sound Check was a programme run by the… Read More

Blog series: Tackling Social Financing

Thursday June 9 2016

After being invited to Japan for a second year to discuss the potential for Social Impact Bonds in funding public sector delivery, Dr. Chih Hoong Sin reflects on some of the key discussion points in this four part blog series. Japan in Spring: the budding potential for Social Impact Bonds. Social impact bonds in Japan: it’s… Read More


Local referendums run riot: lessons from California for the Coalition

Monday October 4 2010

‘We will give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue.’ – Coalition Government Agreement, May 2010 Direct democracy may seem like a good idea in principle, but the Coalition Government would do well to carefully consider the evidence from California before rolling out its reforms. In this post OPM’s Deborah Rozansky,… Read More

Integration and the Big Society

Wednesday September 29 2010

The notion of the Big Society as a channel for community and collective action cannot be seen in isolation of the concept of integration. Different communities need to share common values and goals. While we are beginning to see some of the flesh on the bones of the Big Society, there is yet to be… Read More

Big Society and small business

Friday September 24 2010

Where should the state end and the voluntary sector begin? This is one of the central questions of the Big Society. Supporters argue that the state has smothered grassroots activism in a way that is not only costly, but has actively undermined the ideas and energy of local people to make their lives better. Sceptics,… Read More