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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


Participatory budgeting 10 years on

Thursday November 18 2010

A few days ago I attended a Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society event in London.  Apparently it has been 10 years since the participatory budgeting (PB) idea was borrowed from Porto Alegre in Brazil and introduced to the UK. Several years ago I chaired an IPPR seminar to explore whether PB was something which… Read More

Greater Manchester Police’s 24-hour Twitter experiment brings public service work to life

Wednesday November 17 2010

I recently attended a social media breakfast event where I got the chance to learn about Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) 24-hour Twitter experiment where the force committed to tweeting – in real time – all 3,205 incidents that they handled over 24 hours. Kevin Hoy, head of web strategy at GMP, discussed the experiment in… Read More

Why it’s vital to remember that all communities share ‘British’ values

Tuesday November 16 2010

Anyone who heard or read about Home Office Secretary, Theresa May’s announcement of the official review of the Prevent strategy is sure to have picked up on the Government’s emphasis on the role of integration and British values in ‘defeating extremism’ and ‘stopping radicalisation’. We’re definitely expecting to hear more about ‘integration’ and ‘British values’… Read More