Centre for Development Studies

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Oxford Policy Management

September 2010 - August 2012

Principle Investigator: Susan Johnson

Research Team: Co-Investigator James Copestake, and Research Associate Richard Williams

Funding Body: Technology Strategy Board

Total Value of Award: £86059

Overview of the project

Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM) is a research based consultancy, providing high quality analysis, advice and support in the design and implementation of economic and social development policies primarily in low and middle income countries. The purpose of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is to allow a University of Bath researcher to both observe and address a desired expansion by OPM.

The original aim of the project was to strengthen OPM's capacity to advise its clients on financial sector change, development finance and policy analysis in poor and middle income countries.

A key purpose of the project has been to strengthen the ability of OPM consultants to think systematically and creatively not only about the technical aspects of financial innovation but also the social and political aspects of how they engage with their clients and other policy makers. We have endeavoured to do this by involving members of staff (a) reflecting on how getting the multiple relationships arising through any assignment right contributes to their professional effectiveness, and (b) co-producing a framework for thinking about these aspects of their work in a clear, systematic and above all practical way.

Intended outputs and impacts

  • Produce a toolkit/model to strengthen OPM's clients' financial sector policy capabilities, as well as a toolkit/model for the consultants as the primary user. The model/toolkit can be incorporated into project management processes to enhance risk management approaches
  • Increased the systematic understanding within OPM of the political and social processes that are critical for implementing programmes.


  • A higher marketability of OPM consultant's skills.
  • OPM's reputation as a reflexive development organisation (which a dissemination paper will also aide) has increased. We also hope it will have an impact on behavioural change within the Company and therefore on performance overall.

For further information about this project, please contact:

Dr Susan Johnson: