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RSM UK Charity Focus Seminar

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending RSM UK's Charity Focus Seminar. RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally. They are the top charity auditor by number of clients (source: Charity Financials, September 2015), and they work with 1,000 diverse charity clients across the UK, delivering a full range of sector-leading solutions.

Once a quarter they invite charities to attend a breakfast seminar. The topic this month was 'An introduction to Operational Research and how it can improve your organisations effectiveness'

To see the slides please click here

For further information please visit the Pro Bono webpage




Understanding effectiveness of training & development #ProBonoOR project

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The latest Pro Bono O.R. project was carried out by an individual volunteer analyst with PiP (Pursuing Independent Pathways).  PiP is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities to achive thie potential.

PiP had begun to collect lots of data on the effectiveness of training and development interventions but did not have an easy way to aggregate and analyse that data to understand the overall effectiveness.

The volunteer analyst spent 8 days over a number of months supporting the charity.  The approach he took is outlined in the slide below.  The end result was that PiP was left with an automated analysis tool to aid review of the effectiveness of training and development interventions.

The volunteer felt extremely valued by the organisation and found the project very fulfilling.   PiP said they were 'thrilled with the analysis tool' and that 'it had already helped make sense of the data'.


To read more case studies, to find out more about Pro Bono O.R., to…

NCVO promotes Operational Research and Pro Bono O.R.

Pro Bono O.R. has forged good relationship with NCVO and as a result were invited to write a blog post and write a case study for their website.

The blog post gives an introduction to Operational Research and can be read here

The case study focus' on a project which two volunteer undertook with Crimestoppers Trust looking at ways to increase capacity in their call centre whilst minimising staff costs. Read the case study here

For more information about the scheme, to see who we've worked with, read example case studies and to request support please visit:

www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Probono/Probono.aspx

You can connect with me via twitter (@FMcLeister) or LinkedIn

New projects with Pro Bono O.R.

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Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme that places professional analysts in 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 new projects below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:
Business in the Community Information about the organisation: Greenwich Social Enterprise Partnership is a collaborative gathering of infrastructure and support agencies in Greenwich from the public, private and social enterprise sectors. The Partnership aims to develop, grow and celebrate and raise awareness of social enterprises operating in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 
Main activities of the organisation: ·Create greater connections between the public, private and voluntary, social and community sectors. ·Create mutually beneficial r…

Pro Bono O.R. - 2 new projects requiring volunteers

Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme that places professional analysts in 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:
Dorset Advocacy Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To provide relief for all people living in Dorset with a learning, physical or mental disability, and those suffering frailty through age, to assist them to protect their rights and help them to gain equality of opportunity.
Main activities of the organisation:Dorset Advocacy is a registered charity helping people in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, to speak up, promote their rights, and play a full part in the life of their community. We run more than a dozen project…

Shape the future: make the connection

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Next week I have been invited to speak to over 30 third sector leaders about Pro Bono O.R.

This is a free event from VAF (Voluntary Action Fund) and Edinburgh Napier University.

Book your place please click here




Please visit the Pro Bono O.R. website to register your interest in receiving Pro Bono O.R. support, to sign up as a volunteer, or to find out more. You can also tweet to @felicitymcleister or @theorsociety