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 Council of the Future – Making all of us into designers

Tuesday February 13 2018

Participation in design is one of the ways that councils of the future can really empower people, but how? Every council wants to be empowering. They want to empower their staff to be innovative and to make decisions; they want to empower their community groups to make more impact; they want to empower residents to… Read More

The Council of the Future – innovating in community support

Friday February 9 2018

OPM Group Associate, David Newton, writes about innovations in community support on the Isle of Wight. Last year I was fortunate enough to chair a committee to design an innovative and entirely integrated health and social care system on the Isle of Wight. It was a huge learning curve! At the core of our new… Read More

NSIP Event 2018

Wednesday February 7 2018

One of our Principals, Lucy Farrow, will be talking at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects event today. She is discussing how Dialogue by Design (part of OPM Group) became the UK’s leading provider for Consultation and Engagement for infrastructure projects. We have worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects and have delivered over… Read More