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New Pro Bono O.R. projects requiring volunteer(s)

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme run by The OR Society that offers free support to third sector organisations in the UK. 
Whilst August may be a quite month for many, it has turned out to be the busiest month to date so far for Pro Bono O.R.!
Please find details of a new project below plus 3 other previously advertised projects that we are seeking volunteers for.
Selby Trust Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To promote for the benefit of the public resident in the London Borough of Haringey and neighbouring areas without distinction of sex, race, colour or political or religious or other opinions Main activities of the organisation: The Selby Trust manages The Selby Centre which encompasses the diversity of Haringey and aims to include everyone. It is an inclusive space for local people in an area of high deprivation that brings together a rich mix of individuals and organisations, primarily from BME, refu…

Measuring impact more comprehensively #ProBonoOR

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Pro Bono O.R. has recently completed its latest project with Ethical Property Foundation.

This case study and all case studies can be found here.



We had fantastic feedback from the CEO of EPF and I would like to say a huge thank you to the two volunteers who worked on this project.

CEO feedback:

'We were delighted by the speed with which the volunteers understood the challenges we face, and how carefully they evaluated our needs and our current systems. We have upgraded our evidence gathering systems already and how the information is presented will enable us to make far more impactful case to funders and sponsors.'

The volunteers also really benefited from the project:

'People at EPF were really friendly and helpful and prepared to give us a lot of information to work on. They found us clients of EPF and property advisers to speak to and invite to our workshop and most of those invited came along. The Discounted Cash Flow model was extremely well received – the client be…

Free tool available: VRP Spreadsheet Solver

Many thanks to Dr Gunes Erogan for making this free resource available.  Please see all the details below:
VRP Spreadsheet Solver is a freely available open-source tool for representing, solving, and visualising the results of Vehicle Routing Problems. VRP Spreadsheet Solver runs on Excel, an interface most businesses use or are at least comfortable with. 
The main challenge of logistics problems, driving distances and durations are acquired through a public Geographical Information System (GIS), facilitating its use. 
Using VRP Spreadsheet Solver, it is possible to:    Define the location of the home base (depot) of the fleet and the locations of the customers
     Convert the addresses of the depot and the customer locations to coordinates
     Compute the driving times and distances between all locations
     Define multiple types of vehicles with the associated operating costs and capacities
    Manually define your service routes by choosing customer locations from drop-down menus
     Vi…

#ProBonoOR : New project reviewing impact measurement #volunteers

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme run by The OR Society that offers free support to third sector organisations in the UK. 
Please find details of a new project below.
Disability Rights UK Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: ·Mobilise disabled people’s leadership and control – in our own lives, our organisations and society. ·Achieve independent living in practice. ·Break the link between disability and poverty. ·Put disability equality and human rights into practice across society.
Main activities of the organisation: disability rights, policy and campaigning, putting information in the hands of disabled people through advice lines and publications e.g. Disability Rights Handbook and DR UK website Project summary: Project: Develop a consistent approach to impact measurement: Review existing approaches to gathering, analysing and reporting impact data in order to recommend a more consistent and “modern” approach.…

Pro Bono O.R. Case Study: Designing an outcomes framework to measure impact #thisisOR

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This is the latest Pro Bono O.R. project that two of our volunteers have complete with Elfrida Rathbone Camden.
This and all other case studies can be found on the Pro Bono O.R. webpage.



We had fantastic feedback from the organisation and I would like to say a huge thank you to the two volunteers who worked on this.

Charity Director's feedback:

'The volunteers were diligent and enthusiastic and clearly jointly had the understanding and skills to engage with the task. They had the creativity to work with me to design a workshop involving a range of our stakeholders. I very much enjoyed working with them and their approach. They were very understanding of the restrictions on time and resources for a small charity and worked with us on this.
This framework they produced is immensely important and we will implement it – I am calling on additional trustee support to help this happen. It will hugely assist our “sell” to funders and make clear what ERC as a whole organisation achiev…

Are you O.R./analytical professional who would like to support a charity? 3 opportunities are currently available #thisisOR #ORblog

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme run by The OR Society that offers free support to third sector organisations in the UK. 
Please find details of a new project below requiring the help of a skilled volunteer.
Charityworks
Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To improve the standard of leadership and management in the UK non-profit sector, with the aim of having a transformative impact on the causes and communities the sector serves. Main activities of the organisation: Charityworks is first and foremost a graduate programme open to any non-profit organisation regardless of size or activity. It connects organisations with talented graduates capable of making an impact on the causes and communities those organisation’s serve. Area of benefit: We work to improve the quality of services provided by UK charities, by building their capacity in terms of management and leadership.
Project summary: Project: Review of Se…