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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 3/5 – Analysis and coding

Friday March 1 2013

Analysis of responses is a crucial stage of any consultation process, but all the more so when the subject of the consultation is potentially controversial. Consultations such as that commissioned by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on new IVF-based techniques to avoid mitochondrial disease are likely to attract a significant number of responses, some concerned with… Read More

Money talks: understanding the value of talking therapies and other nursing services

Wednesday February 20 2013

The ongoing economic crisis in Europe and the tough global economic conditions pose a number of challenges for healthcare generally, and mental healthcare specifically. On the one hand, a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2011) acknowledged that the economic crisis is expected to produce secondary mental health effects. Given that mental health… Read More

Health and wellbeing boards: looking beyond April 2013

Wednesday February 13 2013

As health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) move out of shadow form and prepare ‘to go live’ in April this year, they are increasingly starting to think about the strategic partnerships they will need to develop in the future. From our experience of supporting HWBs in the early stages of their development, it seems clear that… Read More


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