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RSS and OR Society develop new partnership on pro bono work

RSS and OR Society develop new partnership on pro bono work: The OR Society's Pro Bono scheme connects volunteers with third sector organisations to work on short term projects to assist them in making evidence-based decisions for operational improvements. Proj

Pro Bono O.R. projects with Diabetes UK, The OR Society and Action 4 London

Please find details of three new projects below with Action 4 London, The OR Society and Diabetes UK. 
Action 4 London
Project summary: Project: Impact 4 London To aid the organization to: 1. Identify and quantify the potential impact of Action4London’s activities 2. Design methods for measuring quantitative impact of activities Time commitment: approx. 5 days over 2-3 months, though this will need to be checked by the volunteer(s) in the light of information gathered at their first meeting Location: London, W1C 1BB. Mix of onsite and remote working Please read 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 midnight on Sunday 11th December.
Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: A4L supports the most disadvantaged communities in London through the actions of sharing of over 150 volunteers. Main activities of the organisation: Group volunteering, mentoring and self-empowerment cou…

Free IMPACT magazine. Issue 4 includes how Operational Research is being used to help not-for-profit organisations

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IMPACT magazine is a free bi-annual publication produced by The OR Society.  It is packed with real-world examples of how to use analysis to make better decisions. It‘s full of thought-provoking articles and it‘s FREE.


The fourth issue contains the usual eclectic mix of stories of analytical work making an impact in a variety of organisations, including how Operational Research being used to help not-for-profit organisations. In South Africa, Shout-it-Now, which is involved in HIV counselling and testing, used simulation to help them contribute significantly to reducing the rate of new HIV infections. In the UK, Bloodwise, a specialist blood cancer charity, took advantage of the OR Society’s Pro Bono scheme, which provided a volunteer analyst to help it understand better the various audiences with which it seeks to engage. Details of the scheme are found in the article.
If you missed the first three issues, electronic copies are available at https://issuu.com/orsimpact
For future issues …

Gaining strategic insight - latest complete #ProBonoOR project

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Last year two #ProBono O.R. volunteers who worked for GORS (Government Operational Research Service) started a project with St Michael's Fellowship.

The charity wanted to be able to gain strategic insights from its data.  The two volunteers spent 18 days over a period of 10 months working with St Michael's Fellowship to achieve this outcome.
Below is a case study slide that summarizes the project.

For more information about Pro Bono O.R. visit: www.theorsociety.com/probono

New Pro Bono projects with Save the Rhino and Form the Future

Pro Bono O.R. is currently recruiting for 3 new projects with Form the Future and Save the Rhino.Below is a brief outline of the projects and a link to detailed project scopes.
Please do get in touch if you require any further information.

Form the Future (1) Project summary: Project: Process improvement: Reviewing Form the Future’s two main service delivery processes, to help them move to an online system. Time commitment: approx. 4 days, though this will need to be checked by the volunteer in the light of information gathered at their first meeting Location: Cambridge, CB4 2HY. Mix of onsite and remote working Please read 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 21st November. Information about the organisation: Charitable objectives: To help young people learn about the world of work and prepare them for employment Main activities of the organisation: Link schools and busin…

Government OR conference plenary presentation

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This week I attended the annual GORS (Governement O.R. Service) conference. It was the biggest conference to date with around 180 delegates attending on both Monday and Tuesday. Four streams were running covering a range of topics and areas of O.R. in practice in Goverment. As the membership body for professionals in Operational Research, The OR Society were there to tell people about the benefits of being a member of the society.




On the second day we also had the opportunity to give a plenary presenation which covered an overview of the Society and its two volunteer programmes (Pro Bono O.R. and O.R. in Schools). During the presenation 2 GORS Pro Bono volunteers gave an overview of thier expeirnce of carrying out a Pro Bono project and an ORiS volunteer described what it was like going into schools to promote maths and O.R.

The full presentation can be found here: http://ow.ly/F5sb305O67B

Half term and The Big Apple

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After 10 years, my husband and I finally got to visit the city on the top of our bucket list.  For our 10 year anniversary we spent 4 fantastic days in this awesome city.  From the moment we touched down and saw the New York skyline to the 60 miles we walked to see all the sights, every moment lived up to my expectations.  My highlights include: watching the sunset at the top of the Rockefeller, the flatiron building, sunrise on Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park (which we manged to visit 6 times!).