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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 5/5 – Publication

Wednesday March 27 2013

In March 2013 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced its advice to the Government on the ethics and science of mitochondria replacement – IVF-based techniques developed to give families at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease the chance of having a healthy child. Having considered the findings from the public dialogue carried out by OPM and… Read More

Decommissioning the effective and responsible way

Tuesday March 26 2013

The ongoing need to reduce total spend means the already difficult and sometimes misunderstood task of de-commissioning will be taking place in virtually all localities, writes Ayesha Janjua. In the recent past, many councils have been guilty of poor decommissioning; sometimes by cutting too hard, sometimes by cutting too fast. The result is something that… Read More

A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 4/5 – Reporting

Friday March 8 2013

The reporting process of a public consultation is the final culmination of all the stages we have previously discussed in this series of blog posts. During report writing, the views of all respondents are condensed into a document that is often available to the public, which represents a definitive output of the consultation process, along… Read More

Comment

Behaviour change, local government and the Big Society

Monday October 11 2010

At a recent OPM learning event about building the Big Society, a senior civil servant said that the role of government was to stand back and only step in to help when it was really necessary, specifically by stepping back from mandating and regulating but still providing support. People often assume that this Big Society… Read More

Building a thinking laboratory: a new kind of local partnership

Wednesday October 6 2010

As local public services face unprecedented challenges and a brand new organisational landscape, many are considering if their current approach to working together is fit for purpose. In this post OPM’s Sue Goss describes her experience of facilitating a new kind of local partnership: Worcestershire’s ‘thinking laboratory’, the Shenstone Group. October 2010 saw the first… Read More

National identity, integration and preventing violent extremism

Wednesday October 6 2010

In this post OPM associate fellow Sanah Sheikh explores the complex issue of why Muslim communities in England can often feel excluded from the ‘English’ national identity, and looks at examples of where the two have been successfully reconciled. I was talking to Geraint Evans, Community Resilience Manager at Newham Council, about the possible future… Read More