News and Comment


Coach training course delivered by OPM receives award from leading professional body

Thursday October 1 2015

OPM’s Institute for Leadership (ILM) Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring course has received an Accredited Award in Coach Training status by the Association for Coaching (AC). Dedicated to promoting ‘promoting excellence & ethics in coaching’ worldwide, the Association remarked that the programme: “Exceeds the number of hours required for this level of AC Coach Training Accreditation… Read More

OPM continues social impact bonds knowledge sharing relationship with Japanese universities

Monday September 21 2015

Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome an SIB research delegation led by Meiji University back to OPM. The visit is the latest development in the partnership supporting a 5 year empirical study funded by the Japanese Government into how social impact investments, especially SIBs, affect governments, social service providers, service users, and the standard of social services in… Read More

OPM research into SEND pathfinder programme published by the DfE

Tuesday August 11 2015

The final report from the evaluation of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pathfinder programme, featuring qualitative research conducted by OPM, has been published by the Department for Education. The DfE commissioned a consortium led by SQW to undertake the evaluation. The team drew together a wide range of complementary experience as shown in the… Read More


The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Thursday March 15 2018

Public engagement on the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan  The NHS in south west London, working with local councils, is in the process of developing a long-term plan for local health services, called the Five Year Forward Plan, or a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being carried out by six… Read More

The council of the future: starting with a simple conversation

Monday March 12 2018

By Sophia Looney (OPM Group Associate – @sophialooney) The world around us is shifting, fast. The (relatively) predictable, safe relationships that councils have enjoyed with their local people are no longer the same. The power of movements, fuelled by dissatisfaction, digital platforms and disjointed expectations is changing relationships; the conversation with local people is having… Read More

Greater London Authority – Stepping Stones Evaluation

Thursday March 1 2018

The transition from primary to secondary school is a period of significant change in the lives of young people. Many children embrace and adapt to this change, particularly when they are well supported by parents, families and school.  There is, however, a significant minority of students who experience uncertainty, risk, and anxiety around transition, or… Read More