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We need to do a better job at identifying the process of radicalisation and intervening when it is not too late

Tuesday June 4 2013

There was a significant amount of speculation in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich attack that the perpetrators were self-starting ‘lone wolves’ who emerged practically out of the blue. The fear is that these types of individuals can become radicalised very quickly with little external influence making their attacks almost impossible to predict and stop…. Read More

Commissioning: the secrets of success

Monday June 3 2013

Good commissioning can transform public services, create savings and develop sustainable and more local provision. So how can organisations make this happen? A couple of years ago I feared that the progress made with good commissioning would be lost, and replaced by short-termism and knee jerk cuts.  There has been some of that, of course,… Read More

Are community budgets really anything new?

Tuesday May 28 2013

‘Partnerships’, ‘collaboration’, ‘focusing on citizens not services’ – all familiar in the world of public service redesign, and all central to the government’s recent community budget pilots. But before we all conclude that this is more of the same, it’s worth looking at what the pilot sites have to say about it. For many of… Read More

Comment

Big questions for The Big Society: What role for local government?

Tuesday July 27 2010

In the preceding months and weeks, many discussions about the Big Society have been taking place at OPM.   Early indications from central government – particularly the promise of a general power of competence for local authorities – point to a need for local councils to articulate their role in developing the Big Society.  It seems… Read More