News and Comment


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

Independent evaluation of the Essex Multi Systemic Therapy Social Impact Bond

Wednesday February 22 2017

For the past three years OPM has undertaken an independent evaluation of the Essex County Council Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) Social Impact Bond (SIB). The Social Impact Bond delivers MST to children and young people at risk of being taken into the local authority care.  The Social Impact Bond has been managed by Children’s Support… Read More

New approaches to public and patient engagement

Thursday February 9 2017

In the second half of 2016, OPM principals Rob Francis and Helen Brown worked with Birmingham CrossCity CCG to review their public and patient engagement structures. In this article, Rob talks about how the work took shape, what it helped to achieve and what we can all learn as a result. Please find the article… Read More


The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Thursday March 15 2018

Public engagement on the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan  The NHS in south west London, working with local councils, is in the process of developing a long-term plan for local health services, called the Five Year Forward Plan, or a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being carried out by six… Read More

The council of the future: starting with a simple conversation

Monday March 12 2018

By Sophia Looney (OPM Group Associate – @sophialooney) The world around us is shifting, fast. The (relatively) predictable, safe relationships that councils have enjoyed with their local people are no longer the same. The power of movements, fuelled by dissatisfaction, digital platforms and disjointed expectations is changing relationships; the conversation with local people is having… Read More

Greater London Authority – Stepping Stones Evaluation

Thursday March 1 2018

The transition from primary to secondary school is a period of significant change in the lives of young people. Many children embrace and adapt to this change, particularly when they are well supported by parents, families and school.  There is, however, a significant minority of students who experience uncertainty, risk, and anxiety around transition, or… Read More