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Past Meetings 2016-2018

OR in the Third Sector Event: Relations with Funders

Venue: Robert Walters Recruitment, 11 Slingsby Place, London, England, WC2E 9AB
Speaker: Steven White (Marie Curie), Katherine Duerden (360Giving), Tom McBride (Early Intervention Foundation)
Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 13:00 - 01 August 2018 - 15:30

OR in the Third Sector, a special interest group of the OR Society, invites you to attend their September meeting at Robert Walters to look at the various ways in which data and analysis can support fund raising.

All third sector bodies need funding. That may be through individual or corporate donors. Alternatively, organisations may provide services that are funded by commissioning bodies (such as Government, Local Authorities etc) or by charging beneficiaries. This meeting will explore the ways that aspects of operational research can support engagement with funders and donors and support third sector fundraising endeavours.

 For more information about the event and to register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/or-in-the-third-sector-relations-with-funders-tickets-48587610852  


All About Data

Venue: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX
Speaker: Silvia Laraia, Tracey Gyateng and Amaka Nwagbara
Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018 at 13:00 - 17:00

OR in the Third Sector Special Interest Group. Joint Meeting with the Royal Statistical Society

Data is the lifeblood of much Operational Research and statistical work in charities. Whether that be for informing day-to-day management decisions; forecasting future trends and demand; or, evaluating the impact of the organisation’s activities. The speakers will look at some of the practical difficulties in identifying and using appropriate data. They will also consider how the value added by the analyst’s contribution might be enhanced.

Speakers include:

Silvia Laraia (Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Contact a Family) Issues and challenges in the use of data in a small/medium size charity; and ,

Tracey Gyateng (Data Science Manager, DataKind UK) The charitable data policy context, highlighting key challenges and emerging trends. Her research provides actionable recommendations to build a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing.

Amaka Nwagbara (membership engagement manager, Royal Statistical Society) will also highlight Statisticians for Society, a pro bono scheme by the Royal Statistical Society which aims to aid third sector organisations in need of data and analytical support.

The event will commence with a short AGM for the OR in the Third Sector Special Interest Group. Starting at 1pm.

 Register now to attend the 'All About Data' event on 7 June in London:


Two Talks about OR in the Third Sector

Venue: University of Southampton (room to be announced)
Speaker: Ruth Kuafman and Steve White
Date: Thursday, 02 November 2017 at 16:00 - 17:30

The meeting will feature two talks on OR for the third sector.

The first is by Ruth Kaufman, the OR Society President, the OR Society President, and the second is by Steve White, Individual Giving Manager - Campaigns and Operational Research, Marie Curie.

 

Speaker: Ruth Kaufman, President of the OR Society

Title: What's so special about the third sector?

Abstract: The OR Society’s Third Sector initiative has two main components: a Special Interest Group, and a Pro Bono scheme, matching O.R. volunteers with third sector organisations needing their input. But is there really any difference between doing OR in the third sector and doing it with a government or private sector organisation? Is “it’s for charity” really a good enough reason to work for free? This talk explores these challenges, taking charities as an example of third sector organisations.

It considers three areas of inherent difference between charity, private and public organisations – legal form, governance, and resourcing – and other factors such as organisational size, culture, and business environment. It goes on to consider the implications for practising OR in three broad areas: strategy, efficiency/effectiveness, and profitability. Finally, it explores the rationale for volunteering.

 

Speaker: Steve White, Marie Curie

Title: to be announced


Two Talks about OR in the Third Sector

Venue: University of Southampton (room to be announced)#
Speaker: Ruth Kuafman and Steve White
Date: Thursday, 02 November 2017 at 16:00 - 02 October 2017 - 17:30

The meeting will feature two talks on OR for the third sector.

The first is by Ruth Kaufman, the OR Society President, the OR Society President, and the second is by Steve White, Individual Giving Manager - Campaigns and Operational Research, Marie Curie.

 

Speaker: Ruth Kaufman, President of the OR Society

Title: What's so special about the third sector?

Abstract: The OR Society’s Third Sector initiative has two main components: a Special Interest Group, and a Pro Bono scheme, matching O.R. volunteers with third sector organisations needing their input. But is there really any difference between doing OR in the third sector and doing it with a government or private sector organisation? Is “it’s for charity” really a good enough reason to work for free? This talk explores these challenges, taking charities as an example of third sector organisations.

It considers three areas of inherent difference between charity, private and public organisations – legal form, governance, and resourcing – and other factors such as organisational size, culture, and business environment. It goes on to consider the implications for practising OR in three broad areas: strategy, efficiency/effectiveness, and profitability. Finally, it explores the rationale for volunteering.

 

Speaker: Steve White, Marie Curie

Title: to be announced


Two talks about OR for the third sector

Venue: University of Southampton (room to be announced)
Speaker: Ruth Kaufman and Steve White
Date: Thursday, 02 November 2017 at 16:00 - 17:30

The meeting will feature two talks on OR for the third sector.

The first is by Ruth Kaufman, the OR Society President, and the second is by Steve White, Individual Giving Manager - Campaigns and Operational Research, Marie Curie.

Following the two talks, the AGM of SORG will be held, with drinks and refreshments served.

 

Speaker: Ruth Kaufman, President of the OR Society

Title: What's so special about the third sector?

Abstract: The OR Society’s Third Sector initiative has two main components: a Special Interest Group, and a Pro Bono scheme, matching O.R. volunteers with third sector organisations needing their input. But is there really any difference between doing OR in the third sector and doing it with a government or private sector organisation? Is “it’s for charity” really a good enough reason to work for free? This talk explores these challenges, taking charities as an example of third sector organisations.

It considers three areas of inherent difference between charity, private and public organisations – legal form, governance, and resourcing – and other factors such as organisational size, culture, and business environment. It goes on to consider the implications for practising OR in three broad areas: strategy, efficiency/effectiveness, and profitability. Finally, it explores the rationale for volunteering.

 

Speaker: Steve White, Marie Curie

Title: OUT with traditional value measures, IN with engagement

Abstract: At Marie Curie, analysis has shown a downward trend over the last few years in the number of active supporters giving to cash appeals. Many factors have contributed to this gradual fall and it's arguably impossible to isolate the impact of each factor. Individual Giving (IG) at Marie Curie had reached a tipping point as the acquisition of high volume but lowly engaged supporters were no longer topping up the leaky bucket of lapsing donors. In January 2017, an IG Summit was held with the management team to explore ways of recruiting more highly engaged supporters, but also with a greater focus on retaining those valuable supporters we already had. 19 strategic projects were agreed under the umbrella goal of LOVE - Legacies, Offers, Value and Efficiency.

Whether we call it LOVE or engagement, this talk gives several practical analysis examples of making the most of your in-house database; to understand your supporters from both a giving behaviour but also engagement point of view, recognising their overall value and loyalty over many years. To then use such insight to communicate with them appropriately.  In summary, this talk explains how to broaden the definition of financial value to also include engagement and human elements.


O.R in the Third Sector - Impact Measurement

Venue: National Union Of Teachers Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD
Speaker: See Below
Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 14:00 - 17 October 2017 - 17:00

Pro Bono O.R. have teamed up with the economics charity, Pro Bono Economics, and charity think tank and consultancy New Philanthropy Capital, to provide a half day workshop on the topic of Impact Measurement. Impact measurement can differ in perspective, approach and purpose. O.R impact measurement can help an organisation decide what is relevant, efficient and most effective.

This event is for you if you’re an O.R professional looking to explore methodology and utilise your professional skills to help the third sector.

The half day event also welcomes anyone from charitable organisations looking to begin, or advance, your journey on impact measurement. We can provide the knowledge and skills to help you develop your own practical understanding of the topics and simplify the decision making process. 

Speakers include Mark Graham, Pro Bono Economics, and Rosie McLeod, New Philanthropy Capital, who will be hosting an interactive session based on participants’ interests. The afternoon session will include talks from David Wrigley, Orvis Consulting, Jamie Douglas, DWP, and Sam Mackay and John Newman, Apteligen; who will be feeding back the lessons they’ve learnt from Pro Bono O.R projects looking at impact measurement, and the experience of receiving Pro Bono O.R. support in a large regional charity.

Register for the free event @ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/or-in-the-third-sector-sig-impact-measurement-session-tickets-36435271879?ref=estw 

The formal event will be followed by an informal networking session.

For further information, please contact either Jane Parkin (janeparkinch@gmail.com) or Hope Meadows (hope.meadows@theorsociety.com).

 


Applications of Systems Thinking

Venue: CAN-Mezzanine 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR
Speaker: Gerald Midgley, Miles Weaver and Penny Lawrence
Date: Friday, 17 March 2017 at 14:00 - 17:00

Systems thinking is a powerful way of understanding the world, and accordingly, systems approaches can be powerful ways of addressing real-world problems. This half-day event is an opportunity to hear from people who are using systems approaches to address community and social issues, and to discuss the potential and the challenges of such approaches.

Speakers include Gerald Midgley, Professor of Systems Thinking at Hull University Business School, talking about resolving stakeholder conflict in a range of community settings; Miles Weaver from Edinburgh Napier University on how systems approaches have helped identify better ways for communities and socially responsible businesses to build value; Penny Lawrence, Deputy Director of Oxfam, on applying systems thinking to Oxfam’s change programme; and Rob Abercombie, Director of Research and Consultancy at New Philanthropy Capital, discussing key lessons from the NPC/Lankelly Chase study of systems change for addressing social problems.

The event should be of interest to third sector managers interested in how systems thinking can be applied to their own challenges; to OR professionals interested in learning about different systems methodologies and their applications; and to anybody interested in how systems thinking can help us to drive change.

To book: The event is free to attend but we expect this to be a very popular event and space is limited, so places must be booked in advance, by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/or-society-third-sector-sig-applications-of-systems-thinking-tickets-31120017811

For further information please contact:   felicity.mcleister@theorsociety.com

 

Provisional timetable

2.00-2.05           Introduction/welcome

2.05-2.45           Gerald Midgley

2.45-3.15            Miles Weaver

3.15-3.30           break

3.30-4.00           Penny Lawrence

4.00-4.30           Rob Abercombie

4.30-5.00           discussion, informal networking


Systemic intervention:developing services with young people missing from home or car

Venue: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Speaker: Gerald Midgley
Date: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 at 17:30 - 19:30
This is joint event between the Third Sector Special Interest Group and the Yorkshire and Humberside O.R. Group.
 

In this presentation, Gerald Midgley will discuss the methodology of systemic intervention that he has been developing for over twenty years. He will focus on key aspects of this methodology, such as the need for critical reflection on ethical and boundary judgements, and the value of mixing methods from a wide variety of sources to ensure that intervention is flexible and responsive to stakeholders’ concerns. The methodology will then be illustrated with a case study of an intervention conducted in Central Manchester, in which young people (under 16) and a variety of agencies developed new ideas to support children missing from home or care. The emphases will be on (i) how systemic intervention directs attention to the need to amplify the voices of marginalised stakeholders (such as, in this case, homeless children); and (ii) the value of mixing a variety of problem structuring methods to promote co-operation and mutual learning in a situation where multi-agency working was highly problematic.

 For those wanting to read more about systemic intervention prior to the presentation, you might like to have a look at Gerald Midgley’s book—Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer/Plenum, New York, 2000). This not only contains details of the methodology, but also presents four case studies of practice, including the one to be discussed in this seminar. 

Refreshments will be available from 5pm. Please book you ticket via eventbrite or contact James Crosbie on jamescrosbie@hotmail.co.uk to confirm your place.

 


CANCELLED: Joint Third Sector and SORG meeting

Venue: University of Southampton Highfield campus, Building 2, Room 3034, Southampton SO17 1BN
Speaker: Gerald Midgley
Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016 at 16:00 - 18:00

Unfortunately due to ill heath we have had to cancel tomorrow’s meeting. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Kind regards

Felicity

        


The Applications of Operational Research in 3rd Sector Organisations

Venue: The University of Manchester
Speaker: Giles Hindle, Mark Montanana, Sally Eaves and Simon Glenister
Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2016 at 15:00 - 18:00

Third Sector Organisations are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency, maximise return on funding and demonstrate the effectiveness of their interventions. However, achieving these objectives whilst delivering complex services in a highly complex social environment can be very difficult indeed.

As a result Third Sector Organisations are making real gains by adopting Operational Research as a way to help them to make sense of this complex world.

At this event, our speakers will share their experiences of using Operational Research to make sense of real and complex situations. Come and join us to find out how Operational Research could benefit your organisation, how you can access Pro-Bono Operational Research projects or simply to network with like minded people.

Our talks cover a wide variety of topics which are summarised below:

Mark Montanana – Senior Analyst National Australia Group.

Bloodwise conduct research into Leukaemia and Lymphoma. Mark will be describing how he helped Bloodwise to identify coherent supporter groups and recommended a range of supporter engagement strategies for each group.

Dr. Giles Hindle PHd -  Senior Lecturer at Hull University Business School

Giles will be talking about how a team including Professor Richard Vidgen (University of New South Wales) and Andy Hamflett (AAM Associates, London) applied soft systems methodology, business analytics and data science to innovative the business model of the Trussell Trust in the UK.

Sally Eaves - Managing Director of IKONISE and Researcher at Aston Business School

Sally will be discussing how she applied soft OR techniques and problem structuring methods to aid a UK cancer charity optimise its effectiveness.

The project focussed on achieving shared understanding across stakeholders, particularly the target audience for the charity and increasing local awareness of the support on offer.

Simon Glenister – Managing Director Noise Solution

Noise Solution is a social enterprise using the medium of music to help people in challenging circumstances. Simon will be describing a pro bono project to build a dashboard demonstrating the benefit of Noise Solution interventions.

Date:                   08 June 2016

Time:                   15:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs

Venue:                 The Alumni Common Room, Alliance Manchester Business School (West).                     

Map to Venue - http://www.mbs.ac.uk/about-us/contact/find-us

Price:                   Entry is free of charge and includes nibbles and drinks.

To book your free place please click here or email Felicity McLeister at Felicity.McLeister@theorsociety.com or Simon Pegg at simonpegg@holleth.co.uk for further information.