News and Comment


Evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS)

Thursday September 5 2013

OPM has recently completed an evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS), one of the Coalition Government’s flagship initiatives for building a bigger, stronger society. NCS aims to provide young people with teamwork and leadership skills, experience of their local community, an opportunity to mix with other young people outside their friendship groups and to support their overall… Read More

The rationing of care: Valuing public services is not, and should never be, an exercise in accountancy

Wednesday August 7 2013

A recent paper published in the BMJ Quality & Safety reported on compelling evidence to show that lower nurse staffing levels in hospitals are associated with worse patient outcomes. The researchers hypothesised that this may be due to the omission of necessary nursing care – or ‘missed care’ as they put it – caused by time pressure. 86%… Read More

Even though crime levels are falling, why don’t we feel safer?

Thursday August 1 2013

There’s a popular weather website I’ve consulted to check the extent of the soaring temperatures. It says things like “sunny, 27 degrees, feels like 24 degrees”, which is curious, as you might expect it to feel as warm as it actually is – but you’d be wrong. When I saw the latest crime survey for England and… 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