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What do organisations that have already received Pro Bono O.R. have to say?

Below are a few comments from organisations who've received Pro Bono support:

Crimestoppers: ‘We've benefited hugely from your work and support in all areas of the project, and from an organisational perspective you've enabled us to take a highly professional approach to increasing the efficiency of our charity.’ (Performance Manager)

Participle: ‘I have just started to digest the work you did for us and wanted to say a huge thank you.  This will be so critical to our growth and I am very grateful indeed for your time and expertise.  The team have described you as "a joy to work with”.’ (Principle Partner)

The Cardinal Hume Centre “We valued the opportunity to work collaboratively and without doubt benefited from the analyst’s expertise and commitment to the project.” (Operations Director)

We currently have two projects under-way with the RSPCA and Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and several other enquiries at various stages.  We have 60 volunteers…

Explaining O.R. to a non O.R. professional

In a nutshell, operational research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
By using techniques such as problem structuring methods (sometimes known as 'Soft O.R.') and mathematical modelling to analyse complex situations, operational research gives executives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems based on: More complete dataConsideration of all available optionsCareful predictions of outcomes and estimates of riskThe latest decision tools and techniquesOnce a good or better way of proceeding has been identified, O.R. people are often central to the implementation of the proposed change.
Organisations may seek a very wide range of operational improvements - for example, greater efficiency, better customer service, higher quality or lower cost. Whatever the business engineering aim, O.R. can offer the flexibility and adaptability to provide objective help.

Most of the …

Pro Bono O.R. Update

I have now been in post for almost 2 months so I thought it would be good to give you an update on how things are going.I am pleased to say, so far the project it thriving.We already have one project under way with the RSPCA, another one about to commence with Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and several other enquiries at various stages.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up to the volunteer’s database.  We currently have 60 volunteers across the UK who are currently available to work on projects.  This puts us in a great position to offer Pro Bono O.R. across the UK.
The biggest challenge now is continuing to increase the awareness of O.R. to the Third Sector and promoting the Pro Bono O.R. project.
Since getting started I have discovered the power of social media.  Having never tweeted, blogged or been on LinkedIn I wasn't aware what a useful tool social media in the work place was.  As I started my journey of discovery I realised the potentia…

Reach promotes Pro Bono O.R.

Third Sector Special Interest Group: Pro Bono experience from both the volunteer providing analytical support and the social enterprise he worked with.

Ian's Pro Bono assignment with Participle got this response from their Principal Partner: 'I have just started to digest the work you did for us and wanted to say a huge thank you.  This will be so critical to our growth and I am very grateful indeed for your time and expertise.  The team have described you as "a joy to work with" so I do hope that we might be able to persuade you to collaborate with us again in the future.' So when Ian talks about success factors for a pro bono project, covering how a pro bono assignment differs from a paid one and sharing some lessons learnt, he knows what he's talking about.

Tips for pro bono OR projects The Third Sector Special Interest Group met in October to hear about the experiences of a pro bono O.R. project from both the volunteer providing analytical support and the social enterprise he worked with. Ian Seath of Improvement Skills consulting and Amanda Briden of Participle both offered lessons learned from their pro …

Read about Ian Seath's experience of Pro Bono support in the Third Sector

Case studies

See how Pro Bono OR has helped several Third Sector organisations.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/feow3cmvxskithm/About%20O%20R%20%20and%20Case%20studies%20Mar%202014.ppt