Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Pro Bono O.R. helping Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

“Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed foundation funding UK-wide research and development work. We have begun a major new programme to develop an anti-poverty strategy for the UK – costed, based on the best international evidence and politically-balanced. A fundamental part of this programme is to use and build simulation models of poverty to test out, refine and demonstrate the impact of our strategies. One of the main problems with previous strategies is that they do not demonstrate how policies might achieve the desired targets. Through the use of models, we aim to at least show in theory that the strategies would have an impact. We are very pleased to have gained the expertise of two external operational researchers through the Pro Bono OR scheme, who will be giving JRF and the research teams their independent and expert advice as we commission and use the poverty models in 2014 and 2015.”

Chris Goulden - Head of Poverty