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Archive: June 2014 (Community OR Network)

Friday, 6 Jun 2014
Huw Evans

We've been making progress rejuvenating the Community OR SIG.  The SIG now has some Terms of Reference (ToR) which have been developed by the committee - who are named below.  The ToR give us some clarity, or guidance, around the point of having a Community OR SIG so that when asked what differentiates the Community OR SIG from others we have a response.  Version 1.0 can be found under 'Documents' - and it's reproduced below.  We'll see how well the ToR serve the SIG.

Committee Members:

Huw Evans (

Ann Taket

Gerald Midgley

Ellen Lewis

Raghav Rajagopalan

Martin Turner

Rebecca Herron

Alejandro Ochoa Arias

Eliseo Vilalta

Gerard de Zeeuw

Martha Vahl

The committee meets via video conferencing and the minutes are published on the ORS website once agreed.

OR56 is approaching fast and there will be a COR stream at the conference - organised by Martha and Eliseo - perhaps we'll see you there?



Huw Evans



Terms of Reference

Community OR is about the development and application of methods and techniques from traditions of operational research and related fields, e.g. systems thinking, for empowering people and communities seeking to be involved in, or influence, activities, including decision-making, for improvement on issues that affect their lives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


The purpose of the Community OR special interest group is to promote the practice and development of COR worldwide.

The Community OR SIG seeks to contribute to:

  1. Demonstrating that people and communities can address the problems and issues facing them.
  2. Enhancing methods, techniques and approaches to the study of communities in the present through academic and public media.
  3. Enhancing collaborative research among people engaged in COR as being a key feature upon which COR is based.
  4. A thriving COR research community that advances empirically strong ideas about community intervention and makes a difference through those ideas to the practice of its members.
  5. Growing COR beyond the traditional base of OR, bringing in members from the wider social sciences, to broaden OR itself.

The Community OR SIG WILL:

  1. Identify and improve tools to acquire that help realise the purpose of the SIG.
  2. The SIG will promote dialogue between research oriented members and practitioners to create a platform which assists one in informing and enriching the other.
  3. Hold seminars and conferences, publish books, journal special issues, develop a presence on the worldwide web, disseminate case studies, and develop outreach to other professional bodies.
  4. Develop and maintain the SIG with an international focus.
  5. Not broker COR researchers and potential clients.

Governance arrangements

The COR SIG operates within the rules and guidance set by the Operational Research Society.

Officers of the SIG must be members of the Operational Research Society.

The SIG Committee will hold an Annual General Meeting.

Other meetings will be held regularly and no less frequently than quarterly.

Meetings will enable international involvement, beyond the United Kingdom, and can be in person, online or a combination.

With the agreement of committee members decisions can be made via email where appropriate.

A written record, at least, of every committee meeting will be kept and published on the ORS website.

The committee has a minimum membership of one and an upper limit of 20.

Committee members and officers are proposed and elected at each AGM.

Eligible committee members will be Co-Chairs.

Quorum is 50% of committee members.

All members of the SIG have voting rights at the AGM.