Showing posts from February, 2014

Pro Bono O.R. gets a mention in the Charity Times!

February/March 2014: Effective Data February/March 2014 By Tracey Gyateng
Turning data into intelligence

Tracey Gyateng argues that a better a use of data by charities helps them improve their operational effectiveness, the service they provide to their beneļ¬ciaries and the outcomes they achieve

BIG OR small, all organisations collect data — whether it’s a simple count of service users or a more detailed database of donors and their attributes. Data is required from funders as part of the reporting process, as well as by the management team and also other stakeholders you’re collaborating with. We are all busy collecting data, but are we all collecting insightful data? That is data
which can be used to support and improve the functions of our work. If not, or more likely, if the answer is only partially — then how do we move towards making data more effective?

As a sector, we are all at different stages of using data for intelligence. For some organisations, the focus is on the day-to-day …

Wondering how Pro Bono OR can help? Here is what a few of the organisations who've received support had to say...

What do those who’ve received Pro Bono O.R. have to say…
Wondering how Pro Bono O.R. can help your organisation?  Here is what a few of the organisations who’ve received Pro Bono support had to say: Work for Us There is a clearer understanding of people’s roles and funding being applied for as well.  This all makes for a more positive workforce with a clearer understanding of the way forward. (Project and Communication Manager) Springboard The work is already supporting our planning and development for next year and allowing us to focus our thoughts and decisions on the places of most importance for our organisation. It has helped us to come up with new solutions already. (CEO) Crimestoppers We’ve benefited hugely from your work and support in all areas of the project, and from an organisational perspective you’ve enabled us to take a highly professional approach to increasing the efficiency of our charity. (Performance Manager) Participle I have just started to digest the work you did for…

Thinking of becoming a Pro Bono O.R. volunteer? See all the positive comments our current volunteers have to say...

Thinking about becoming a volunteer?
See what our volunteers have to say:
Sue Merchant "It’s a chance to make a difference, practice getting to the heart of a problem quickly, meet some very dedicated people and use techniques which you might not in your every day job"
Ian Seath "Working as a pro bono volunteer is a great way to contribute some professional expertise to some truly worthwhile causes.  The Third Sector is full of people who feel passionately about their Mission, so working with them is invariably a positive learning experience"
Sam MacKay "Being a volunteer was a great way to make a real difference for an organisation with people that were clearly passionate about what they do. At the same time I’ve added some interesting people to my network and expanded the breadth of projects I’ve undertaken on my CV"

Jane Parkin "I’ve really enjoyed working with third sector organisations and found the staff extremely positive about the contributio…

Pro Bono O.R. helping Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

“Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed foundation funding UK-wide research and development work. We have begun a major new programme to develop an anti-poverty strategy for the UK – costed, based on the best international evidence and politically-balanced. A fundamental part of this programme is to use and build simulation models of poverty to test out, refine and demonstrate the impact of our strategies. One of the main problems with previous strategies is that they do not demonstrate how policies might achieve the desired targets. Through the use of models, we aim to at least show in theory that the strategies would have an impact. We are very pleased to have gained the expertise of two external operational researchers through the Pro Bono OR scheme, who will be giving JRF and the research teams their independent and expert advice as we commission and use the poverty models in 2014 and 2015.”
Chris Goulden - Head of Poverty

Tweet chat Tuesday 18th February at 10am

To join in the tweet chat just type  and follow the conversation.  This is a chance to hear more about Pro Bono O.R.  
What is O.R.?  
What projects are we currently working on?  
How can you volunteer?  
How can you recieve Pro Bono support?  
To answer all these questions and any more you many have, join me for a tweet chat next Tuesday at 10am (UK)

Pro Bono O.R. update: Find out how the project is going and news on the current projects. Know a UK third sector organisation who could benefit? Please share.

Pro Bono O.R. has been gaining momentum over the last couple of months.  We now have our first completed project, another three currently underway and a further four that are about to commence.  To give you an idea of the type of projects we are doing I have provided a very brief project summary of all the projects.
Summary of Projects: Work for Us - Completed Help managers and trustees to build insight into the current situation and to develop a robust strategy [for survival and turnround]. HARVS - Active To get a robust picture of the costs of running the wellbeing service and of any issues to be addressed in the light of forthcoming funding cuts and contract changes. RSPCA- Active Develop a stocks and flows model to illustrate how many dogs are “in the system” and how they move through that system, over their lifetime.  Springboard- Active Develop a resource planning tool that can be used to examine different options together with a short report. Projects that are currently at ‘assigning a…