Showing posts from September, 2016

Free event: developing services with young people missing from home or care

Systemic intervention: developing services with young people missing from home or care
Venue: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Speaker: Gerald MidgleyDate: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 
Time:17:30 - 19:30 (refreshments from 5pm)

This is a joint event between the Third Sector Special Interest Group and the Yorkshire and Humberside O.R. Group. In this presentation, Gerald Midgley will discuss the methodology of systemic intervention that he has been developing for over twenty years. He will focus on key aspects of this methodology, such as the need for critical reflection on ethical and boundary judgements, and the value of mixing methods from a wide variety of sources to ensure that intervention is flexible and responsive to stakeholders’ concerns. The methodology will then be illustrated with a case study of an intervention conducted in Central Manchester, in which young people (under 16) and a variety of agencies developed new ideas to support children missing from home or care. The emphase…

Completed #ProBonoOR project: Systemic and Strategic Mapping

SEEDS is a programme run by WDP in the London borough of Greenwich. The aim of this programme is give service users the opportunity to become self-employed through the creation of their own social enterprises and businesses. Participants complete training, business plan workshops and receive one to one support as well as access to peer support groups. Those who complete the project receive 3 months’ support with a business mentor. One winning business plan will be awarded £500 to support them in the beginning stages of their business.

When they were referred to us they required systemic mappings to facilitate the roll-out of their service nationally.

A Pro Bono O.R. volunteer used s soft systems methodology approach to address this project. Details can be see in the case study slide below.

The organisations commented: As a charity, we were incredibly grateful for the time and support that the volunteer gave to us and believe that it will have an impact on the work we do in the future.


New process mapping project

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 a new project below that we are seeking a volunteer(s) for:
Stroke Association Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: (a) working for the prevention of stroke; (b) educating the public in all matters concerning stroke; (c) carrying out, promoting or sponsoring research into the prevention or treatment of stroke or other conditions where the effects are similar to stroke, the rehabilitation and long-term care of stroke survivors and publishing the useful results of such research; and (d) responding to the needs caused by the effects of stroke, or other conditions where the effects are similar to stroke, by providing adv…

Making a real difference with #ProBonoOR

Pro Bono O.R. has now completed its 60th project. The scheme continues to benefit both the volunteers and organisations receiving support.

This is what the CEO of Hands Inc. had to say: 'Our volunteers approach was really flexible and the tools that she used to provide feedback was very insightful. The work has allowed us to step back and take a bold decision in the way forward. One that we hadn't really anticipated.
I'd like to thank the The OR Society and the work they are doing in bringing this valuable Pro Bono services to groups like ourselves. This was professional and focused support that we would have been out of our reach.'
We are delighted that the scheme is having such an impact on so many organisations and we look forward to helping many more.

To find out more about the scheme please visit

Summer adventures and a new Pro Bono O.R. project

After almost 4 weeks out of the office I am now back in full swing after what my son describes as a 'disastrous adventure' of a summer holiday! The photo above was taken on our way up to Scotland, the car was so full you can't even see the kids in the back! Some of the memorable moments include a collapsed and flooded tent on day one, gale force winds and pouring rain and by day 8 a completely destroyed tent....but also some stunning beaches, great wildlife and camp fires on the beach. It will certainly be a holiday our family will not forget in the West Highlands of Scotland.....and I'm pretty sure we'll be back!

I have a new project that we are currently looking for volunteers for. I have provided a brief summary and then provided a link to the detailed project scope.
Age UK (Herts) Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To promote the wellbeing of all older people and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Main activities of…