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Experienced Process Mapper for Triton Swim School

3rd Sector Operational Research makes National News

Operational Research has been making headline news recently. Click here for more information.

Dr. Giles Hindle from Hull University Business School recently headed up an analytics project to develop new tools to support the Trussel Trust in the UK. Data scientists, business model specialists and academics worked with the Trust on a NEMODE project funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Digital Economy programme. The project help the trust make the crucial link between their business model and the value of analytics. The team then used cutting edge data science techniques to learn more about the foodbank usage patterns and trends that underpin emergency food provision in the UK. As well as conducting data exploration the team has created the UK’s first dynamic visualisation tool for crises related to food poverty. The prototype uses foodbank data to map geographical demand and also aligns findings to 2011 Census data to predict where additional foodbanks may be needed.

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Volunteers required for 2 Pro Bono projects

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Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
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 two new projects below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:
Tritons Swim School CIC Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: Education – both swimming lessons and vocational training Main activities of the organisation:Swimming lessons and vocational training in Aquatics
Project summary: Project: Social Franchise for swim schools - Carry out an information mapping exercise to help develop a product enabling schools to run swimming lessons, keeping pools open. Time commitment: Up to 5 days Location:  NE London (Waltham Forest College E17 4JB). Much of the work could be done remotely, however two sessions would be required to be carried out at the office. Please read the project scope and if you feel you are a…

Pro Bono O.R. video - Analysts: volunteer your skills for good causes with Pro Bono O.R.

The Operational Research Society runs its Pro Bono O.R. scheme to match up analysts with charities and other third sector organisations to improve their operations - for free!

This is not only great for the charity but great for the analyst (and their employers), giving you a wider experience, a track record in consultancy and management, and professional stimulation too!

To find out what the volunteers had to say about the scheme click here.
Find out more at about the scheme here or tweet to Felicity McLeister at ‏@FMcLeister to get the conversation started.

Pro Bono O.R. video - Charities: get more from your data with Pro Bono O.R.

Operational Research (O.R.) is the science of better decision making and The Operational Research Society runs its Pro Bono O.R. scheme to match up analysts with charities and other third sector organisations to improve their operations - for free!

On a bright sunny morning in February a group of people gathered together in a function room at Southwark Cathedral to make a film to promote Pro Bono O.R. Making such a film had been something I’d wanted to do for a little while and this was made possible by the arrival of a full-time marketing and communication manager at The OR Society.
Volunteers and third sector organisations who had taken part in the scheme would be invited to come and talk about their experiences of the scheme in an informal, script-free day full of cake, coffee and filming.
A venue was selected, a date picked and the requests sent out and I was overwhelmed with the positive responses, given the relatively short notice. The day started bright an early, setting up the…
Pro Bono O.R. is a scheme operated by The OR Society 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 two new projects below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:


Please note all these projects are suitable for an individual, pair or team of analysts. If you would like to volunteer on a project but are not able to commit to the full time requirement please let me know as it may be possible to pair you up with another analyst. Lastly 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.


Marys


Information about the organisation:

Charitable objectives: Working together with the community to inspire and enable everyone to reach their full potential in …

New to volunteering? Some top tips for successful outcomes - part 2 (Guest blog from Ruth Kaufman)

Many thanks to Ruth Kaufman (President of The OR Society) for writing this guest blog.


New to volunteering? Some top tips for successful outcomes

“O.R.” is one of the most adaptable disciplines imaginable, and its practitioners are among the most flexible, prepared to bring scientific rigour and methods to any question even if it is outside their previous specialism. Given this adventurous approach, it is always a good idea to see if there are any tips from previous explorers.

For Pro Bono O.R., there are two types of novelty for many of us: working with charities, and working as volunteers. Neither of these are terribly difficult areas, but they both bring special issues which are worth noting. This post looks at working as a volunteer (a previous post looks at working with charities for the first time). So here are 3 misconceptions about volunteering, and 3 top tips for working as a volunteer.

Misconception 1: working as a volunteer means the charity gets your services for free
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New projects with Pro Bono O.R.

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Please find details of two new projects below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:


Tritons Swim School CIC

Information about the organisation

Charitable objectives: Education – both swimming lessons and vocational training

Main activities of the organisation: Swimming lessons and vocational training in Aquatics


Project summary:

Project: Social Franchise for swim schools - Carry out an information mapping exercise to help develop a product enabling schools to run swimming lessons, keeping pools open.

Time commitment: Up to 5 days

Location: NE London (Waltham Forest College E17 4JB). Much of the work could be done remotely, however two sessions would be required to be carried out at the office.

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 Monday 25th April.



Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Information about the organisation

Charitable objectives:

· To relieve the ne…