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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


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