Tuesday, 20 October 2015

New projects for Pro Bono O.R.: location analysis, demand analysis and impact analysis

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions

Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme run by The OR Society that provides skills-based volunteers to work on short term projects with third sector organisations in the UK. 
Projects require skilled professionals who work in operational research, analytics or related professions.  If you have the skills required for a project, we’d love to hear from you.
Please find details of a new project below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:

Blue Cross
Information about the organisation:
Charitable objectives: To encourage and promote kindness to and the protection of animals and to educate the public in responsible animal ownership.

Main activities of the organisation:  Providing five services to help animals and their owners: Rehoming; Veterinary; Behavior services; Education; Pet bereavement 

Project summary:
Project: There are potentially three pieces of work to develop our understanding of how best to target our services and how to configure and demonstrate the need for them so we can strategically plan our growth, including developing our knowledge around the impact of the use of volunteers.
(1)     Location analysis using different types of data to work out where to target our services.
(2)     Demand modeling for our rehoming services
(3)     An impact assessment of volunteers on the Blue Cross’s work

Time commitment:
(1)     Location analysis - Estimated 3-5 days
(2)     Demand modeling  - Estimated 5+ days
(3)     Impact of volunteers - Estimated 7+ days

LocationOxfordshire (Blue Cross are open to different ways of working e.g. remote working where possible and this can be discussed with the volunteer(s).
Note: This is an assignment that can accommodate a team approach to all or each aspect of the request.

Please read the 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 Thursday 5th November 2015.

Each aspect of this project is suitable for an individual volunteer, pair or team of analysts.  If you would like to work on a project with the support of a mentor please do specify in your application and I can try to arrange this.  Lastly, if you are interested in working on a project but cannot meet the deadline specified please do register your interest in the first instance before the deadline.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch: felicity.mcleister@theorsociety.com or 0121 233 9300

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