OR in the Third Sector

The third sector consists of (and is defined as) organisations that are not part of the private sector or public sector.  The third sector plays an important (and possibly growing) role in society and within some sectors of the economy. 

The third sector includes a wide range of organisational forms, including charities, cooperatives, community groups and voluntary societies, each with their own governance arrangements and with a diverse range of skills, operating models, activities and beneficiaries.  As such decisions and performance need to be judged against a wide range of criteria, often with levels of complexity.  It therefore can present unique challenges and opportunities for analysts. 

Analytical activity may include modelling for efficiency and effectiveness improvement; data analysis for increased insight, better forecasting or service design; benefits, outcomes and performance measurement; strategy development; and more. 

The aim of this stream is to showcase any relevant analytical work, share experiences, and explore issues that may help improve the effectiveness of third sector OR and analysts.  Submissions may be case-study papers; discussions of work in progress or planned; papers discussing need or demand for analysis in relevant areas; and papers exploring the general issues associated with the practice of OR in the Third Sector. 


Malcolm Fenby