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OR in the Third Sector Special Interest Group: Join our committee.

OR in the Third Sector SIG are currently looking for new members to join the committee. This SIG has been running successfully for many years, hosting a number of well attended events and sharing valuable content.

You do not need to be a member of the OR Society in order to join the committee. We're looking to engage with diverse groups including charities, academics, practitioners, businesses and so on; so if you have the interest, then we have a special group for you.

Committee members provide vital support in running a SIG. Whether it's sourcing speakers, drafting content or event logistics, there is always plenty to get involved in. The committee typically meet three/four times a year (mostly virtually). The SIG aims to host three/four events per year. For further information about Special Interest Groups and the Third Sector SIG, please visit:

If you have an interest in Operational Research and/or …

New Pro Bono OR Project: Research, Review and Report with Transforming Autism Project.

Transforming Autism Project
Project: Facilitate a problem structuring workshop with the Transforming Autism Project (TAP) Chairman and Directors to review, define and agree strategic direction and prioritise next steps for the organisation. TAP is a relatively new charitable organisation in the early stages of defining its business plan and organisational structure. The project will require getting an understanding of Transforming Autism and its current position, conducting the workshop and producing a report with a summary of outcomes. This pro bono OR project should help the organisation to: ·Understand what the possibilities and risks are ·Determine a set of deliverable actions ·Prioritise key actions
Time commitment: 3-5 days Location: Predominantly remote working, with requested presence at an arranged workshop. If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Friday 27th April.

New Pro Bono OR opportunity with Stroud Valleys Project

Stroud Valleys Project
Project: Stroud Valleys Project would like to understand their data and make use of it in strategic planning and annual reports. The ultimate aim is to provide a tool for data gathering and information output. The project should look to design and use the tool to help gain an understanding of last year’s data; information which can be used in an annual report. The data tool should be easy to use for the organisation to record, analyse and report data in future.
Time commitment: 5 days Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AF. Following initial meetings, most of 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 by Friday 13th April.
Information about the organisation: Stroud Valleys Project is an environmental charity founded to help protect the industrial heritage of Stroud and its five valleys. Aims and objectives include:      1.forge …

Sign up for our new pilot programme: A joint venture looking to support charitable organisations on their impact measurement journey. Training provided!

We have an exciting new opportunity available! 

Coalition for Efficiency and Pro Bono OR have teamed up to support charitable organisations in the Midlands and the North. We invite you to take part in this pilot programme as we learn and adapt the programme to incorporate support from professional OR analysts.


The Measuring the Good programme places professional volunteers in short term projects with charitable organisations looking to improve impact measurement. The programme has supported over 100 organisations since 2013. 


Over a period of 2-3 months, the volunteer follows a step-by-step, structured framework to guide an organisation through the challenges of developing and embedding a robust impact practice by acting as an independent facilitator and applying their professional skills.

The role of the volunteer can be undertaken alongside full-time employment or other commitments. Volunteers will need to dedicate 12–15 hours for meetin…

New Pro Bono OR project with Article 25. Volunteer required to develop an impact model. Volunteers apply today!

Article 25
Project: Article 25 have identified the need for improvement on measuring the impact of their work. The organisation currently has no structured approach for measuring the impact of their work and this is critical for persuading funders and for influencing policy-makers. The project would develop an Impact Model and identify/define the underpinning measurement system.
Time commitment: 4-6 days Location: London E14 5AB Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form

New Pro Bono OR project. UK based organisation with international ties looking to review impact methodologies. Volunteers apply today!

Project summary: This project requires a volunteer to help decide what evaluation methodology to use to assess the organisations impact. Wefarm would like a report highlighting a range of impact assessment methodologies with a cost/benefit analysis. The volunteer will need to know about data gathering methods, policy implementation and evaluation, and an understanding of social research techniques would also be beneficial.
Time commitment: 5 days. Work could possibly be done remotely. Location: London, EC2Y 9AR Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Friday 16th March.
Information about the organisation: Wefarm is a free peer-to-peer service that enables farmers to share information via SMS, without the internet and without having to leave their farm. Farmers can ask questions on farming and receive crowd-sourced answers from other farmers aro…

New Pro Bono OR Project with The Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation. Volunteers with knowledge and interest in Theory of Change apply now!

The Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation
Project summary:
Project: The volunteer will work with YHFF staff members in a one-day session to establish and outline theories of change for five identified themes (mental health, education, employability, youth justice and healthy living for young people), and to document these. The insight gained in these 5 key areas will be used by the organisation at a later date as the basis for an event with relevant organisations.
Time commitment: 2 days, including one full day workshop. Volunteer to start ASAP in order to complete project by 21st March 2018.  Location: Fulham, London Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Tuesday 6th March.
Information about the organisation:

Pro Bono OR February Spotlight - "I'm new to the third sector, what does it look like?"

If you have free time and some skills to share then the best place to utilise these would be in the third sector. We have a whole host of volunteers who can vouch for this. I’m often approached by professional analysts who have the skills but lack experience in the third sector. The first question is what’s it like to work in the third sector? How is it different from me using my skills in my every day job? Well the good news is, OR is one of the most adaptable disciplines out there, so the way in which you use your skills doesn’t change that much. It’s more about the context in which you utilise your skills. You’ll find that working in the third sector needs a personable approach. The approach is reciprocated, and as a result, taking on a Pro Bono OR project will certainly help you refine your interpersonal skills.

The sector, the organisation, the project, are all brought together because of an unprecedented amount of dedication which is something that’s not guaranteed anywhere else.…

New Pro Bono OR project with Family Action. Volunteers wanted to help with impact measurement.

Family Action
Project summary:
Project: This project requires assistance from a volunteer to help write an impact report to demonstrate the value of the Young Carer’s Neighbourhood Charter accreditation programme. The organisation would like advice and structure as to what data to collect and how to analyse it effectively. Advice on how to best present findings would also be appreciated. The data set includes over 50 schools, more than 30 organisations and 20 GP surgeries who have achieved accreditation.
Time commitment: 5 days (to be reviewed during initial meeting with organisation) Location: On site meetings to be held at Shildon, DL4 1AH. After initial meeting, remote working is possible. Please read projectscope and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Tuesday 27th February.   
Information about the organisation:
Main activities of the organisation:  Family Action provides…