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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

Comment

A cautionary tale of survey sampling

Wednesday January 27 2016

A cautionary tale of survey sampling It’s rare that survey sampling gets much attention outside of methodological textbooks. But recently, it has been getting just this attention – in the aftermath of the surprise result to the 2015 general election, that major polling organisations did not predict. It’s also rare that survey sampling is considered… Read More

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact

Tuesday January 12 2016

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact Shared measurement and standardisation is a hot topic in the field of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the third sector. Although there are several challenges to overcome, a flexible approach to shared measurement that is driven by those closest to the participants of social… Read More

Social Impact Bonds, Social Investment and the Comprehensive Spending Review

Monday October 26 2015

Can we keep doing more for less? George Osborne will soon be unveiling the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). For months, arguments have been put forward to support a fairer settlement for various public services. The Local Government Association’s (LGA) A Shared Commitment pointed out that local government received a larger reduction in… Read More