Tuesday, 24 August 2021

NSPCC: Climate change and child safeguarding

Project Summary

Develop a model or map of the future potential impact of climate change on child abuse and neglect; and as far as evidence allows, populate it to assess possible future risk level. 


Project Description

The NSPCC’s aim is to prevent child abuse. It would like to understand the increased risks to children as a result of climate change, looking particularly at the next 10 years or so in the UK. 

The work is expected to involve:

  • Meetings/workshops with NSPCC staff and review of the literature, to gain an understanding of the known or suspected linkages between the climate crisis and risks of child and adolescent abuse, neglect and exploitation, from within or outside families (including also the impact of climate change on key risk drivers and mitigants, such as parental stressors and services’ ability to effectively safeguard children and adolescents);
  • Producing a model bringing this evidence together – potentially in the form of an influence or causal loop diagram, system dynamics model, or other mapping or mathematical model showing impact over time. The extent to which the model can be quantified, or populated, will depend on the nature and extent of evidence;
  • Providing an explanatory report (including documentation if need be) of any model or map/diagram produced.

It is expected that the work will be iterative, with an initial relatively simple high-level model/diagram based on ‘quick-and-dirty’ collection of information, through working with NSPCC staff and a short trawl of the literature; followed by more thorough exploration and detailed modelling if there is sufficient volunteer time.

Skills needed include: elicitation of expert views (experience of facilitating online workshops will be particularly helpful); model-building (causal loop/influence diagramming and system dynamics capability are likely to be useful, but other approaches may also work well); literature review.  Prior knowledge of risk factors around child and adolescent abuse/neglect and criminal exploitation would be extremely useful, but is not required.  Knowledge of climate change research may also be helpful.

This project is particularly suited to a number of volunteers working together so if you are interested but only have some of the required skills, please get in touch.


Location: All the work can be done remotely.

Commitment: This is flexible, depending on the availability and the number of volunteers (as noted above, the project would be particularly suited to a group of volunteers).  The minimum time requirement is 5 person-days: to (i) provide a first iteration of a high-level model or diagram, based on one workshop with NSPCC staff and a rapid review of a small number of literature sources; (ii) undertake a quick assessment of the conclusions supported by the model (if any); and (iii) hold a follow-up discussion and handover meeting. More, up to 20-30 person days, would enable a more thorough trawl of the literature, more sophisticated modelling with more thorough validation, more exploration of insights provided by the modelling, and provision of a written report and any necessary documentation. In any case, the specific time commitment and deliverables will be agreed between the volunteer(s) and NSPCC as part of the Terms of Reference.

Desired project start date: October 2021

Desired project completion date: December 2021


Apply:
If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by Wednesday 29 September 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

The NSPCC is the UK's leading children’s charity. They’ve been looking out for children for over 130 years. From campaigns to services - they strive to make a difference in everything they do. 

For further information about the NSPCC please visit www.nspcc.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Economic Impact Assessment of BLAST fest: culturally inclusive science festivals

Project Summary

Scoping an Economic Impact Assessment of BLAST fest. 
What are the benefits and costs of culturally inclusive science festivals?


Project Description

BLAST Fest is a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that explores science and technology through Black arts and cultural spaces.

The aim of this project will be to scope an economic impact assessment to measure the benefits and costs of BLAST Fest’s initiatives.  Working with the Director of BLAST Fest and other stakeholders, the volunteer will set the framework for how the costs and benefits can be evidenced qualitatively and quantitatively, including impacts of investment in the communities served, as well as what might be the impact in the absence of STEM and innovation development in these communities. The framework may include what data collection or stakeholder engagement needs to be conducted to enable a viable economic impact assessment and how this assessment can be used to make funding decisions.


Location: All the work can be done remotely (Blast Fest is based in Birmingham).  The volunteer will need to be able to access video meetings.

Commitment: 5 days worth of work over a few months.

Desired project start date: October 2021

Desired project completion date: December 2021


Apply:
If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by Wednesday 29 September 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

BLAST Fest is a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that explores science and technology through Black arts and cultural spaces. The organization uses a ‘flipped engagement’ approach, where the ideas for science engagement are generated and initiated from within the community, and BLAST Fest then ‘reaches out’ to the STEM sector to help co-create an exciting programme of activities and events.

For further information about the BLAST Fest UK please visit www.blastfest.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Stakeholder engagement evaluation of BLAST fest: culturally inclusive science festivals

Project Summary

Delivering a structure for an evaluation of BLAST Fest’s stakeholder engagement and social innovation leadership to inform their future strategy.


Project Description

BLAST Fest is a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that explores science and technology through Black arts and cultural spaces.

The aim of this project will be to structure an evaluation of BLAST Fest’s stakeholder engagement and social innovation leadership in order to inform their future strategy and funding decisions.  These stakeholders include scientists, researchers, engineers and artists who have contributed to BLAST Fest events and those who have signed up to attend the events or receive news about them. Through facilitated workshops, surveys and/or other techniques, the volunteer will draw together qualitative (and where possible, quantitative) evidence to inform a thematic analysis or theory of change of how BLAST Fest’s stakeholder engagement and social innovation leadership delivers value in terms of impact and inclusion, including indicators to measure outcomes. 

Previous experience of evaluation would be desirable.


Location: All the work can be done remotely (Blast Fest is based in Birmingham).  The volunteer will need to be able to access video meetings.

Commitment: 5 days worth of work over a few months.

Desired project start date: October 2021

Desired project completion date: December 2021


Apply:
If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by Wednesday 29 September 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

BLAST Fest is a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that explores science and technology through Black arts and cultural spaces. The organization uses a ‘flipped engagement’ approach, where the ideas for science engagement are generated and initiated from within the community, and BLAST Fest then ‘reaches out’ to the STEM sector to help co-create an exciting programme of activities and events.

For further information about the BLAST Fest UK please visit www.blastfest.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Home Start Kirklees - Development of a volunteer recruitment strategy

Project Summary

Mapping clients and volunteers in order to develop a strategy for volunteer recruitment.


Project description

Home-Start Kirklees is a volunteer led family support charity helping families with young children. They want to develop a strategy for recruiting volunteers. They wish to examine the location and specific demographics (such as language and cultural needs) of clients with the aim of recruiting volunteers to match. 

It is anticipated that the volunteer (or volunteers) will:

·     Have a start-up meeting with the Senior Management team to discuss project requirements and data availability;

·     Specify data requirements and obtain anonymised data;

·     Analyse the information held by Home-Start Kirklees on the families they support, and the volunteers they currently have;

·     Examine possible free-to-use mapping tools and select an appropriate tool;

·     Map the information on clients and current volunteers;

·     Possibly compare the information from Home-Start with the demographics of Kirklees;

·     Produce a report summarising findings which can be used in development of a recruitment strategy;

·     If feasible, provide Home-Start Kirklees with a mapping tool containing up-to-date information on current clients and volunteers together with a user-guide on how to update this.

This project would suit one or a team of junior analysts wanting to develop their wider OR skills.


Location: Although the project is based in Kirklees and an initial face-to-face meeting would be preferable, all work could be carried out remotely.

Commitment: 5 days worth of work over a few months.


Apply:
If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by 26 July 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

Home-Start Kirklees works across communities to provide support for families with young children who are experiencing difficulties. They recruit and train volunteers to offer practical and emotional support in the homes of families who are struggling to cope for a variety of different reasons.

For further information about the Home Start Kirklees please visit www.homestart-kirklees.org.uk

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Friday, 25 June 2021

Brandon Trust: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Project:

Design and facilitate a process to engage staff and explore the Trust’s current position with respect to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.


Project description:

Brandon Trust has a vision to create an environment which recognises that unleashing the potential of every individual in the organization creates a more sustainable future. This project is part of a wider strategic piece of work on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion running throughout 2021. The aim of this Pro Bono OR project is to design and facilitate a process to engage staff in initial conversations about Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and provide some baseline evidence of the position today. It would suit a volunteer with experience of qualitative data gathering and analysis, and participative facilitation methods.


Time commitment
5-6 days, comprising e.g.:

  • 1 day scoping & planning with Brandon’s Director of People
  • 1 day designing an evidence-gathering process
  • 2 days facilitation of staff engagement (conversations, workshops)
  • 1-2 days report writing & handover 


Location: 

Bristol (if possible) or this project could be run online/virtually, but would probably benefit from some face-to-face staff engagement (e.g. workshops)

Apply:

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by 21 July 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 


The Brandon Trust exists to enable children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism to live life in the way they choose. They provide high-quality, individualised support that focuses on enabling people to achieve their dreams and truly live free.

For further information about the Brandon Trust please visit www.brandontrust.org

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Uzima in our Hands - Measuring return on social investment

Project:

Measuring return on social investment. Setting up a methodology to measure the impact of the work Uzima In Our Hands is doing.

Project description:

Uzima In Our Hands supports Uzima Orphan & Day Care Centre, which is located in the Samia district of Western Kenya.

The orphanage provides education, food and basic health care for local children who live in extreme poverty, many of whom are orphans.

There is an indirect link between the funds raised and the good work done by the charity so they would like to set up a methodology to measure the impact of the work they are doing.

The objective is to increase insight for the trustees by including this in the charity's annual report and subsequently to include it in grant requests.

A side benefit could be an evaluation of how financial reporting could be improved.


Time commitment5 days. 

Location: The work can be done remotely. 


If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by Monday 28th June 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

Uzima In Our Hands is an Isle Of Wight based Christian charity supporting Uzima Orphan & Day Care Centre, which is located in the Samia district of Western Kenya.

Here over 300 children aged 3-18 years are provided with a basic education and two meals a day.  Every child at Uzima has good reason to be there; many of them have lost one or both parents, often due to HIV/AIDS. They may also have HIV/AIDS themselves, Special Needs, health needs or live in abject poverty. Uzima's care means the extreme burden put on the families left to care for them is alleviated and the children and families have hope for a better future.

For further information about Uzima In Our Hands please visit www.uzimainourhands.org

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

Monday, 7 June 2021

In Kind Direct: measuring the number of end users

Project:

Review, and design improvements to, the way In Kind Direct estimates the number of end users benefiting from its work.

Project description:

In Kind Direct (IKD) distributes consumer goods donated by companies, to UK charitable organisations in its network working in the UK and overseas. One of the drivers that motivates both IKD and their corporate partners is knowing that their work ultimately benefits people in need and the charitable organisations supporting them; and it is therefore important to them to understand the scale of benefit.

However, as IKD does not work directly with end users of products it can only use indirect ways of assessing their numbers.  This is even more the case with charitable organisations who act as ‘Coordinating Partners’ with IKD and distribute products out to their member organisations who in turn pass them on to end-users.  Data to derive a figure for number of end users benefiting is currently collected through a quarterly survey of IKD’s network.

The volunteer(s) are required to review the current methodology, the nature of the data, how the data collected is analysed and used, and whether there are any alternative sources of data that IKD could make use of, in order to make recommendations for whether and how IKD can develop more robust and dynamic measure(s) of the number of end users benefiting.

The expectation is that the deliverables will be a re-designed questionnaire, with associated recommendations for analysing the returns; re-worked calculations using IKD’s existing data and additional data sources to get an even better measure; and recommendations for other measures for number of end users benefiting in conjunction with the number of people receiving products.  However, this may be adjusted in the detailed project scoping or during the project.

The project could readily be undertaken by a single volunteer, but may also suit two volunteers working together.

The project will particularly suit a volunteer with experience of performance or outcome measurement.

Time commitmentThe actual time required will need to be agreed during the detailed scoping meeting between the volunteer(s) and IKD; and will depend on how well the existing methodology stands up to external scrutiny.  It may be as little as two person-days, and is not expected to exceed 5 person-days unless the recommendations include extensive questionnaire piloting, post-questionnaire analysis and review, or alternative non-questionnaire methods recommended

Location: The work can be done remotely.


If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com by Monday 21st June 2021.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 

In Kind Direct is the UK charity distributing consumer goods donated by companies to UK charitable organisations working in the UK and overseas. Founded in 1996 by HRH The Prince of Wales, they offer a simple solution to connect companies and their products to thousands of charities, community groups, foodbanks and schools supporting our communities. Together they make a difference to 174,000 people each week.


For further information about In Kind Direct please visit www.inkinddirect.org

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme, please visit: www.theorsociety.com/Probono  or email ProBonoOR@theorsociety.com

NSPCC: Climate change and child safeguarding

Project Summary Develop a model or map of the future potential impact of climate change on child abuse and neglect; and as far as evidence a...