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New Pro Bono O.R. projects #volunteers required

East Greenwich Neighbourhood Plan Forum
Project summary: Project: To gather the views of local residents regarding local regeneration to steer the future development of the community. Time commitment: This project could probably be split into 2 or possibly 3 sub-projects, each drawing upon different skill sets. ·The first part would be concerned with developing and designing the survey, and deciding how best to maintain contact with the stakeholder groups. A volunteer with experience of Social Research would be ideal for this part of the project. ·The second part would be to design the database/input method to store and analyse the results ·The third part would be the analysis itself, and drawing the conclusions. (The second and third parts could probably be combined.) Each part would take a few days (5) over the course of a month, with the total project taking a few months (to carry out the survey, etc). If different volunteers undertook different parts there would have to be some collabora…

Understanding the Benefits of a Social Care Programme #ORblog

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CORDA recently completed a project for the WAVE Trust - a charity committed to improving the welfare of children – as part of its support of The OR Society’s Pro Bono scheme. The scheme connects volunteer analysts with charities and other not-for-profit organisations to work on short-term projects to help them to make evidence-based decisions for operational improvements.

Ben Ludford, a senior consultant at CORDA, led the project and explains: “Working with the WAVE Trust was a great experience. Not only were we able to support a charity that provides such a valuable service for children but it also gives volunteers like me the opportunity to tackle different kinds of problems in their entirety, using a range of OR and analytics techniques, and other skills to help good cause.”

The WAVE Trust has a particular focus on improving social and emotional development and mental health, and preventing child maltreatment. The project saw CORDA work closely with the charity to develop a business …

New #ProBonoOR project - understanding the prevalence of serious illness in young people

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

Willow Project summary: Project: Understanding the prevalence of serious illness in young people: To understand future demand on its service Willow needs to better understand the number of people that are diagnosed and suffering with serious illness. Time commitment: approx. 1-3 weeks.  This can be spread out over a longer time period.  The volunteer selected would be required to discuss the scope with Willow and use the project proposal form to scope out what is achievable in the time available.  Due to the time…

Free software software/tools available to O.R./analytical professionals

A variety of analytical and modelling techniques have been used for Pro Bono O.R. projects so far, including:
·discrete event simulation, ·statistical analysis/data mining, ·forecasting, ·process modelling,
·system dynamics.
 As a result we have started compiling an evolving list of software / tools which may help to solve different types of problem. These tools could be useful not only for those working on our 3rd sector projects but O.R./analytical professionals looking to develop their all-round “O.R. toolkit”.
The list so far includes 40 tools across a range of areas including: ·Statistical analysis (e.g. PSPP, R) ·Data visualisation (e.g. D3, Gephi, Vizable) ·Geospatial and mapping (e.g. QGIS, GDAL, MapsData) ·Programming languages (e.g. Python, Ruby) ·Databases (e.g. PostGres, SQLlilte, ArangoDB) ·Optimisation (e.g. Pyomo, OpenSolver) ·Simulation (e.g. SimPy, Insight Maker)
·Supply Chain (e.g. OpenBoxes, Odoo)
The list is ever-evolving and we would welcome further contributions or to hea…

Helping consider possible futures with Age UK (Portsmouth) #volunteers required

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Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
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:
Additionally please visit the Pro Bono O.R. webpage (useful resources tab) which includes our free O.R. toolkit. These tools could be useful not only for those working on our 3rdsector projects but O.R./analytical professionals looking to develop their all-round “O.R. toolkit”.
Age UK (Portsmouth) Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To help older people and their families, and carers of older people to be well informed, advised and supported so that they can make real choices and have contr…

New #ProBonoOR project: 'Understanding our audience'

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Pro Bono O.R. – enabling managers to make more effective decisions
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:
The Theatre Chipping Norton Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: We exist to ‘promote, maintain, improve and advance education and the encouragement of the arts for the public, particularly the inhabitants of Chipping Norton, its surrounding areas and children within these areas. Main activities of the organisation: Presenting theatre, cinema, screens, dance, music, comedy to the public. Our Take Part department includes 2 youth theatre groups every night of the week plus holiday workshops and…