Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Is this diagram something that you can identify with?

If you are a Third Sector organisation based in the UK, Pro Bono O.R. can help. Please get in touch for further information.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Could you use your skills to help third sector organisations across the UK? Find out how to become a volunteer.

I have now been managing the project for four months and momentum is really starting to build.  We have completed one project, have four projects underway and several others that are about to commence.  It is a really exciting venture to be a part of and to see how O.R. can really benefit third sector organisation.  As the word spreads about Pro Bono O.R. the demand for it increases and as such I am writing to see if you would consider becoming a volunteer.  
The aim of OR Pro Bono
·         To help third sector organisations to do a better job, impacting upon desired outcomes, and build capacity by using the skills of volunteer O.R. analysts and consultants both established and student.
·         To promote awareness and understanding of the benefits of O.R. across the third sector and to wider audiences.
·         To give O.R. analysts an opportunity to practise in a wider arena and develop their knowledge and skills.
The role of a volunteer:
·         Work with potential users to specify projects;
·         Undertake projects, either individually or in teams;
·         Write up and/or present their work wherever appropriate;
·         Mentor junior volunteers who need help  

Requirements to become of volunteer:
·         Member of The OR Society Or,
·         Studying in HE and with Tutor endorsement for the project? Or,
·         Min 1st degree in O.R. related subject? Or,
·         Practitioner with a track record? Or,
·         The OR Society accreditation? Or,
·         Part of the O.R. Community

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, send an email to felicity.mcleister@theorsociety.com or visit http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Probono/Probono.aspx
For further information please see my blog: http://probonoor.blogspot.co.uk/ or connect with me on LinkedIn (Felicity McLeister) and Twitter (@FMcLeister)

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Pro Bono O.R. partners with BVSC

Pro Bono O.R. is proud to be a provider for BVSC's SkillsXchange programme.

'SkillsXchange Birmingham is a one-stop shop for voluntary and community organisations in Birmingham to access pro-bono business support services from local companies.'

 Looking forward to helping more even more third sector organisations

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Unlocking the Value of Data for Charities and Other Voluntary groups. Free event. 26 March 2014 @3pm London - venue tbc.

The OR Society - OR In the Third Sector
Unlocking the Value of Data for Charities and Other Voluntary groups
With the advent of fast computers and the internet, the total amount of world data is forecast to grow 50-fold in the next decade, yet only 1% of this data is currently used productively.
This event will explore how charities and voluntary groups can use data to improve their impact and make better decisions.
Our speakers will describe their real life experiences of using data and demonstrate the benefits that effective data analysis has brought to their organisations. The list of speakers includes:
Mat Ilic is the Policy and Research Director of Only Connect. Mat will talk about how to use data analysis to produce useful evidence in charities
Colin Stewart is a consultant Analyst at Caversham Analytics. Using maps of data and analysis to support local decision making using quantum GIS and Microsoft Excel.
Tracey Gyateng is the Project Manager for NPC’s "Data for Impact" stream of work. Tracey will talk about increasing access to government administrative datasets to measure the impact of the voluntary and community sector.
Date: 26th March 2014
Time: Start time 15:00 hrs
Venue: NPC, 185 Park Street, London, SE1 9BL
Price: Entry is free of charge
To book your place please e-mail John Holt at jholt@danielholt1992.com

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

How to make bolder decisions with less gut feelings

No matter what size or at what stage your organisation is, no matter what kind of decision, problem, or opportunity you face, there's probably a way for Pro Bono Operational Research (O.R.) to help.

O.R. consistently delivers significant value – strategic to tactical, top-line to bottom-line – to the organisations and executives who use it.   Benefits from O.R. include:
  • Business insight: Providing quantitative and business insight into complex problems.
  • Business performance: Improving business performance by embedding model-driven intelligence into an organisation’s information systems to improve decision making.
  • Cost reduction: Finding new opportunities to decrease cost or investment.
  • Decision making: Assessing the likely outcomes of decision alternatives and uncovering better alternatives.
  • Forecasting: Providing a better basis for more accurate forecasting and planning.
  • Improved scheduling: Efficiently scheduling staff, equipment, events, and more.
  • Planning: Applying quantitative techniques to support operations, tactical planning, and strategic planning.
  • Pricing: Dynamically pricing products and services.
  • Productivity: Helping organisations find ways to make processes and people more productive.
  • Profits: Increasing revenue or return on investment; increasing market share.
  • Quality: Improving quality as well as quantifying and balancing qualitative considerations.
  • Recovery: Gaining greater control and achieving turn-around.
  • Resources: Gaining greater utilisation from limited equipment, facilities, money, and personnel.
  • Risk: Measuring risk quantitatively and uncovering factors critical to managing and reducing risk.
  • Throughput: Increasing speed or throughput and decreasing delays.

Here is what a few of the organisations who’ve received Pro Bono support had to say:

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 three projects underway with the RSPCA, Work for Us and Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and a further project about to commence.  We 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. the third sector organisations across the UK.

For more information please see my webpage, blog, twitter or LinkedIn page.

   Felicity McLeister

Monday, 6 January 2014

Tweet chat about Pro Bono O.R. (Operational Research)

Third sector? Find out how Pro Bono O.R. can help. Just interested to find out more? Join me for a tweet chat from 2-3pm on Mon 13th January #chator. Please share this information.

Operational Research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying appropriate analytical methods.  By using techniques such as problem structuring methods 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 data
  • Consideration of all available options
  • Careful predictions of outcomes and estimates of risk
  • The latest decision tools and techniques
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 problems O.R. tackles are messy and complex, often entailing considerable uncertainty. O.R. can use advanced quantitative methods, modelling, problem structuring, simulation and other analytical techniques to examine assumptions, facilitate an in -depth understanding and decide on practical action.

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