Showing posts from January, 2014

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If you are a Third Sector organisation based in the UK, Pro Bono O.R. can help. Please get in touch for further information.

Could you use your skills to help third sector organisations across the UK? Find out how to become a volunteer.

I have now been managing the project for four months and momentum is really starting to build.  We have completed one project, have four projects underway and several others that are about to commence.  It is a really exciting venture to be a part of and to see how O.R. can really benefit third sector organisation.  As the word spreads about Pro Bono O.R. the demand for it increases and as such I am writing to see if you would consider becoming a volunteer.   The aim of OR Pro Bono ·To help third sector organisations to do a better job, impacting upon desired outcomes, and build capacity by using the skills of volunteer O.R. analysts and consultants both established and student. ·To promote awareness and understanding of the benefits of O.R. across the third sector and to wider audiences. ·To give O.R. analysts an opportunity to practise in a wider arena and develop their knowledge and skills. The role of a volunteer: ·Work with potential users to specify projects; ·Undertake projects, eith…

Pro Bono O.R. partners with BVSC

Pro Bono O.R. is proud to be a provider for BVSC's SkillsXchange programme.

'SkillsXchange Birmingham is a one-stop shop for voluntary and community organisations in Birmingham to access pro-bono business support services from local companies.'

 Looking forward to helping more even more third sector organisations

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Unlocking the Value of Data for Charities and Other Voluntary groups. Free event. 26 March 2014 @3pm London - venue tbc.

The OR Society - OR In the Third Sector Unlocking the Value of Data for Charities and Other Voluntary groups With the advent of fast computers and the internet, the total amount of world data is forecast to grow 50-fold in the next decade, yet only 1% of this data is currently used productively.
This event will explore how charities and voluntary groups can use data to improve their impact and make better decisions.
Our speakers will describe their real life experiences of using data and demonstrate the benefits that effective data analysis has brought to their organisations. The list of speakers includes:
Mat Ilic is the Policy and Research Director of Only Connect. Mat will talk about how to use data analysis to produce useful evidence in charities
Colin Stewart is a consultant Analyst at Caversham Analytics. Using maps of data and analysis to support local decision making using quantum GIS and Microsoft Excel.
Tracey Gyateng is the Project Manager for NPC’s "Data for Impact&quo…

How to make bolder decisions with less gut feelings

No matter what size or at what stage your organisation is, no matter what kind of decision, problem, or opportunity you face, there's probably a way for Pro Bono Operational Research(O.R.) to help.
O.R.consistently delivers significant value – strategic to tactical, top-line to bottom-line – to the organisations and executives who use it.   Benefits fromO.R. include: Business insight: Providing quantitative and business insight into complex problems.Business performance: Improving business performance by embedding model-driven intelligence into an organisation’s information systems to improve decision making.Cost reduction: Finding new opportunities to decrease cost or investment.Decision making: Assessing the likely outcomes of decision alternatives and uncovering better alternatives.Forecasting: Providing a better basis for more accurate forecasting and planning.Improved scheduling: Efficiently scheduling staff, equipment, events, and more.Planni…

Tweet chat about Pro Bono O.R. (Operational Research)

Third sector? Find out how Pro Bono O.R. can help. Just interested to find out more? Join me for a tweet chat from 2-3pm on Mon 13th January #chator. Please share this information.
Operational Research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying appropriate analytical methods.  By using techniques such as problem structuring methods and mathematical modelling to analyse complex situations, operational research gives executives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems based on: More complete dataConsideration of all available optionsCareful predictions of outcomes and estimates of riskThe latest decision tools and techniquesOrganisations may seek a very wide range of operational improvements - for example, greater efficiency, better customer service, higher quality or lower cost. Whatever the business engineering aim, O.R. can offer the flexibility and adaptability to provide objective help.
Most of the problems O.R. tackles are messy and c…