Friday, 9 June 2017

Pro Bono OR volunteers required for new project with Hestia Housing


Hestia Housing
Project summary:
Project: The Hestia Approach Performance & Impact Framework - To create a database which can record, capture and analyse customer insights or feedback from up to 90 services encompassing up to 8 client groups and five service models. The data will be qualitative and quantitative.

Time commitment: approx. 10 days, though this will need to be checked by the volunteer in the light of information gathered at their first meeting.
Location: London
Please read project scope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to hope.meadows@theorsociety.com by Friday 23rd June.
Information about the organisation:
Charitable objectives:
Our mission is to deliver high quality and empowering housing, support, protection and care services in partnership with service users and local communities.
Main activities of the organisation
We support people fleeing domestic abuse, people who have been trafficked, people with mental health, older people, young people, ex-offenders, people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Delivering support via accommodation based, outreach, community engagement and advocacy services.
If you would like to volunteer on a project but are not able to commit to the full time requirement please let me know as it may be possible to pair you up with another analyst.  Lastly if you would like to work on a project as part of a pair or with the support of a mentor please indicate on your application and we try to facilitate this. 
I look forward to hearing from you and once again thank you for your help and support.
For further information about the scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono  

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A Dashboard for Managing Resources




Two volunteers have found success whilst working with The National Autistic Society.

NAS wanted to know what issues are most important or causing the greatest difficulties for autistic people. NAS run online surveys as well as other sources of intelligence, including Facebook, Twitter, helpline calls, NAS website hits, publication requests, media coverage and so on. 

NAS sought help to find methods of sifting and analyzing this information systematically for trends and hot topics- helping with efficiency and demand. 

After identifying the problem through focus group our volunteers designed an Excel based dashboard to view how resources were used across support channels. The dashboard is easy to input and can be used on a weekly basis.

Details of the project can be seen in the case study slide below. For more information about Pro Bono O.R. please visit www.theorsociety.com/probono





Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Processing Donations More Quickly




In March of this year, two Pro Bono OR volunteers spent seven days supporting The Stroke Association to confirm an efficient and effective handling of donations in order to help achieve their targets.

The Stroke Association is very necessary. The organisation provides services and education to local communities, as well as campaigning and research on a national scale. 'There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes.'

Whilst validating the current process, volunteers were able to identify operational 'bottlenecks' that could be refocused to improve and speed up the operational layout. At the completion of the project one volunteer said 'I liked working on something different and on something which could benefit my career.'

Details of the project can be seen in the case study slide below. For more information about Pro Bono O.R. please visit www.theorsociety.com/probono





Friday, 19 May 2017

There's a new Sheriff in town and she's taking over Pro Bono OR

Hi all,

Just to let you know, I will be the new face of Pro Bono OR, taking over from Felicity McLeister. I’m aware that I have some big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of Fliss, but as she moves onto another role within the organisation I will do my best to sustain the progress that Pro Bono continues to make.   

I am joining the team with a new head to OR. My experience includes events and project management within the third sector, here in the UK and internationally. Following the completion of my Masters in International Relations Global Security and Development, I moved to Australia to work for a charity which concentrated on building sustainable communities in Uganda. Upon my return to the UK I worked for a national charity for 2 years, setting up and delivering a government youth programme. I can see that OR can be used in any sector, but OR is both a want and a need within the third sector to those with charitable aims. I am looking forward to seeing Pro Bono OR help make improvements which are both transparent and sustainable.

As business continues as usual, don't forget to get your ticket to the Analytics Summit on 15th June, 9am-5pm, IET, London. Speakers include Charles Kennelly, Claire Thompson and Peter Wells. Go to the website to purchase your ticket and find out more information  http://www.analytics-events.co.uk/ #GetInvolved


Monday, 13 March 2017

Supporting The Future Melting Pot

Please find details of two new projects with The Future Melting Pot. 

The Future Melting Pot

Project summary (1):
Project: Transforming Communities: Statistical exploration of disadvantaged communities in the local area with the aim of developing strategies to address challenges.

Time commitment: max. 3 days

Location: All work can be carried out remotely

Please read project scope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return to me along with your CV by midday on Monday 27th March.

Project summary (2):
Project: Transforming Futures Making People. To aid the organisation to:
1.      Develop strategy and operational improvements
2.      Improve methods of working with multiple stakeholders

Time commitment: approx. 5 days, though this will need to be checked by the volunteer in the light of information gathered at their first meeting

Location: Birmingham

Please read project scope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return to me along with your CV by midday on Monday 27th March.

Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives:
To improve the lives of marginalized young people (16-24 year olds) and communities.

Main activities of the organisation
We develop and deliver evidence-based research, involving young people to design targeted programs.
We facilitate the collaboration between organisations, providing a platform that ensures their efficient use of resources to maximize the social impact.
We align with partners delivering public services to achieve their strategic priorities.
We help the private sector organisations to make an impact by helping them to deliver Corporate Social Responsibility strategies and to engage with the wider community.

If you would like to volunteer on a project but are not able to commit to the full time requirement please let me know as it may be possible to pair you up with another analyst.  Lastly if you would like to work on a project as part of a pair or with the support of a mentor please indicate on your application and we try to facilitate this. 

I look forward to hearing from you and once again thank you for your help and support.

For further information about the scheme please visit: http://www.theorsociety.com/Probono