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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


Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More