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Japan’s first steps in developing Social Impact Bonds

Thursday April 20 2017

Dr Chih Hoong Sin is in Tokyo for a third year running, this time to find out about the experiences of the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. It has been a real privilege working with a diverse group of stakeholders from the outset as they initially learned about the UK experience in implementing SIBs,… Read More

Working together for a stronger society – Our response to the Lords Select Committee of Charities Report

Thursday April 6 2017

Charities play a vital role in the ongoing social and economic success of the UK. At the same time, funding for charities has changed significantly. Funding received as grants has decreased over time, while contract funding has been increasing dramatically. Our response to the Charities Report shows that charities need better support to build their… Read More

Commissioning for Outcomes – The role of social finance

Monday March 20 2017

Can social finance help with the challenges that public commissioning faces? This paper is intended as a provocation to government, commissioners, providers and investors to begin a richer conversation that doesn’t assume we already know the answers. OPM’s experts in commissioning for outcomes (Sue Goss) and in social finance (Chih Hoong) draw on their learning… Read More

Comment

Participation, data, and impact: Ofwat’s engagement methodology for Price Review 2019

Wednesday August 16 2017

One thing our team enjoy doing is figuring out how to make complicated subjects accessible (and fun!) to members of the public so that they can share their opinions. Working with the water industry regularly provides these opportunities (How do you get customers to weigh up and give opinions on water resource options? How do… Read More

A radical proposition for changing the way we design SIBs – A service provider perspective

Thursday July 20 2017

We have both written, previously, with energy and enthusiasm for SIBs; about the benefits they can bring. We still believe that to be true but we also believe that it is important not to lose sight of the potential challenges and downsides. From a service provider point of view, there is a risk that we… Read More

What’s your Corporate Responsibility value? What, how and why to measure impact

Wednesday July 19 2017

How can you know what impact your corporate responsibility activity made? Can you know what’s changed because of what you’re doing? These questions can lead many down a rabbit hole of thinking programme evaluation and impact measurement is daunting – if not impossible. As a research consultancy, we’ve heard many thoughts about the limitations of… Read More