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News

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

The Council of the Future – Making all of us into designers

Tuesday February 13 2018

Participation in design is one of the ways that councils of the future can really empower people, but how? Every council wants to be empowering. They want to empower their staff to be innovative and to make decisions; they want to empower their community groups to make more impact; they want to empower residents to… Read More

The Council of the Future – innovating in community support

Friday February 9 2018

OPM Group Associate, David Newton, writes about innovations in community support on the Isle of Wight. Last year I was fortunate enough to chair a committee to design an innovative and entirely integrated health and social care system on the Isle of Wight. It was a huge learning curve! At the core of our new… Read More

NSIP Event 2018

Wednesday February 7 2018

One of our Principals, Lucy Farrow, will be talking at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects event today. She is discussing how Dialogue by Design (part of OPM Group) became the UK’s leading provider for Consultation and Engagement for infrastructure projects. We have worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects and have delivered over… Read More