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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

Comment

A radical proposition for changing the way we design SIBs – A service provider perspective

Thursday July 20 2017

We have both written, previously, with energy and enthusiasm for SIBs; about the benefits they can bring. We still believe that to be true but we also believe that it is important not to lose sight of the potential challenges and downsides. From a service provider point of view, there is a risk that we… Read More

What’s your Corporate Responsibility value? What, how and why to measure impact

Wednesday July 19 2017

How can you know what impact your corporate responsibility activity made? Can you know what’s changed because of what you’re doing? These questions can lead many down a rabbit hole of thinking programme evaluation and impact measurement is daunting – if not impossible. As a research consultancy, we’ve heard many thoughts about the limitations of… Read More

Smart Cities Need Smart Consultations

Monday June 12 2017

Future Glasgow. Smart City Bristol. Digital Birmingham. Pilot smart city projects are growing exponentially across the UK – and we’re barely keeping pace with the rest of the world (In 2014 India announced a plan to build 100 smart cities). However, while big data and small technology is enabling us to design our infrastructure to… Read More