Wednesday, 12 February 2020

New Pro Bono OR project with More in Common: Operationalizing Impact Measurement












More In Common

Operationalizing More in Common’s Impact Measurement

Project:

Having developed an ambitious metrics framework linked to their efforts to unite divided societies, More in Common is now looking to set up a best-in-class system for measuring and tracking the impact of their work.

Project description:
More in Common need help setting up the right systems/dashboards to keep records of the impact of their work.
The charity are in the process of trying to set up Salesforce to do this. However they are not sure they have the right design and technical implementation skillset to do this in a way that will let us build a robust, but flexible and easy-to-use interface. This will be quite important for a) getting organizational adoption and buy-in from our colleagues and b) adapting to a complex and often changing field of work. 
In terms of skills, we are ideally looking for someone who has database (preferably, but not necessarily, Salesforce) design/building experience. But more generally we need someone who can help us translate our static table of metrics/indicators into a dynamic process that enables us to measure the impact of our work. 

Time commitment: 6 days 

Location: It is expected that half-days at the beginning and end of the project would be spent at the Kings Cross offices, but the work will be done remotely. Access to the database will be given.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to amy.hughes@theorsociety.com by 2nd March 2020.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
More in Common’s mission is to understand the forces driving us apart, to find common ground and help to bring people together to tackle our shared challenges. They draw from groundbreaking research to test and find solutions, working with partners that have the capacity to make a real difference at scale. They help build the larger field of efforts to strengthen democratic societies against the threats of polarization and division.

For further information about More in Common please visit https://www.moreincommon.com/ or email naureen@moreincommon.com

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Project 2 with the Women’s Institute : Membership stocks and flows model needed











National Federation of Women’s Institutes : Project 2

Project:

Produce a prototype model of future membership 

Project description:
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is a campaigning and educational charity with more than 200,000 members, based in over 6000 local Women's Institutes (WIs) across England and Wales. Whilst the NFWI regularly assesses total membership numbers, and total number of WIs, it has never previously analysed these numbers in a way that would validate or challenge anecdotal evidence, and help guide management action and insight on issues such as: the number, characteristics and geographic locations of members leaving, new recruits, WIs closing and opening.
This project is to produce a protoype membership model for NFWI, that could be used to identify stocks, flows, and interconnections to be able to project the membership levels likely to result from ‘do-nothing’ (with several future scenarios assocated with different assumptions about future social conditions impacting on propensity to join and/or run WIs) or from different recruitment or retention policies. 
Time commitment: 3 days 
The volunteer is asked to commit 3 days initially to build and populate a simple prototype model; at this point, next steps should be discussed with the General Secretary, with additional work either added on or identified as a follow-on project for others, as appropriate

LocationThe volunteer(s) should spend one or two days on site, in discussions with the General Secretary and staff and reviewing systems. The bulk of the work can be carried out off-site.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to amy.hughes@theorsociety.com by 10th March 2020.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. The organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WIs are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status.

For further information about NFWI please visit https://www.thewi.org.uk/ or email J.Rayner@nfwi.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Project 1 with The Women's Institute: Understanding our strengths













National Federation of Women’s Institutes : Project 1


Project:

Analysing membership data

Project description:
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is a campaigning and educational charity with more than 200,000 members, based in over 6000 local Women's Institutes (WIs) across England and Wales. Whilst the NFWI regularly assesses total membership numbers, and total number of WIs, it has never previously analysed these numbers in a way that would validate or challenge anecdotal evidence, and help guide management action and insight on issues such as: the number, characteristics and geographic locations of members leaving, new recruits, WIs closing and opening.
This project is to explore the data available to NFWI, identify what outputs would be useful to them, and analyse the data accordingly. A desirable further output is guidance for non-specialist staff to enable them to repeat or extend the analysis in future. 

Time commitment5 days 
The volunteer is asked to commit 5 days initially (spread out as needed): 
  • 1 day to establish and firm up on requirements and to understand the current systems and data available 
  • 3 days to clean and analyse the data
  • 1 day to report.  
There is likely to be scope for more work, and this should be assessed by the volunteer, with the NFWI General Secretary, and either included, or identified as a follow-on project for another volunteer. 

LocationThe volunteer(s) should spend one or two days on site, in discussions with the General Secretary and staff and reviewing systems. The bulk of the work can be carried out off-site.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to amy.hughes@theorsociety.com by 10th March 2020.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. The organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WIs are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status.

For further information about NFWI please visit https://www.thewi.org.uk/ or email J.Rayner@nfwi.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Friday, 31 January 2020

New Project with Big Change: Evaluate and improve operational processes






Big Change Project


Big Change Operational Audit 


Project:

Big Change would like an external expert to evaluate current high-level operational processes and then, if appropriate, make recommendations for improvement. 

Project description:
It is anticipated that the volunteer will:
1. Spend half a day with Noah Bernstein, the Director of Impact & Operations to investigate the current operations and obtain any relevant documentation
2.  Spend half a day at Big Change, having 4 45-minute meetings with individual staff members to investigate their activities, time spent on each, and any suggestions they have for improvements. 
3.  Use the results of the meetings and the documentation to summarise current activities, processes and value added by each. Draft some suggestions for improvements.
4.  Run a half-day facilitation session with all staff to discuss findings and possible improvements (if appropriate)
5.  Produce a written report with findings of current operations and recommendations for improvements.  

Some background in process improvement and facilitation would be useful. This project would suit either a single volunteer or a team of two.

Time commitment5 days over 3-4 months

LocationThe volunteer(s) would need to spend 3 half-days on site at Big Change (London, W2 6NB). The rest of the work could be carried out remotely.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to amy.hughes@theorsociety.com by 27th February 2020.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
Big Change are an organisation which aim to promote a new common purpose for learning that prepares young people for life, work and citizenship. They aim to engage all sections of society to support learning at school, in the home and in the community. Big Change projects are working at the grassroots in local communities and also influencing the national agenda and narratives around what young people need to thrive.

For further information about Big Change please visit https://www.big-change.org/ or email noe@big-change.org

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Project 2 with the NSPCC: Develop a graded care tool to assess child neglect




NSPCC Project 2

Development of a Graded Care Profile Tool for assessing neglect


Project:

NSPCC wants to develop a tool for Local Authorities in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland to identify the economic benefits of assessing the quality of care a child is receiving.

Project description:
Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) is an assessment tool which helps practitioners in English Local Authorities (LAs) to measure the quality of care a child is receiving. NSPCC has evaluated the tool and found it to be effective in helping identify whether a child is at risk of neglect. The tool shows LAs the potential cost avoidance opportunities from implementing GCP2 assessments. It draws on available data sets and is an Excel model. 
This project is to develop a similar tool for LAs in the rest of the UK who have slightly different performance indicators and datasets. 
Key skills required: economic/cost modelling using Excel
The project would be suitable for a team (either an existing team or individual volunteers who are happy to collaborate).

Proposed project stages: 
1. Briefing/familiarisation with current model (for LAs in England) and requirements for Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland - meeting & online call with Development Manager in Liverpool
2. Desk Research – available data and model options (e.g. to what extent does each country need a different model)
3. Model Building – develop Excel Models (up to 3)
4. User Testing & QA – e.g. pilot the model with some LAs
5. Handover model & documentation

Time commitmentPotential time required – 10-15 days over 3-4 months
N.B. The time required could be less per volunteer if the project is broken down into separate model-building for the 3 countries or if a team of volunteers works on this.

LocationMost of this project can be carried out remotely.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to amy.hughes@theorsociety.com by 18th February 2020.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
The NSPCC are the leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. They are the only UK children's charity with statutory powers meaning they can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse. 1 in 5 children in the UK have suffered abuse or neglect. That’s why, across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, the NSPCC are working to protect children today and prevent abuse from happening tomorrow

For further information about the NSPCC, please visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ or email Caroline.Westley@nspcc.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

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