Pro Bono OR

Pro Bono OR helps third sector organisations enhance their impact by improving operations, efficiency and decision making

Our Pro Bono OR scheme connects volunteer analysts with good causes. Analysts donate their time and skills to help charities or other voluntary organisations facing difficult decisions or looking for improvement.

The OR Society wants more organisations to benefit from operational research (OR) and recognises the great opportunity to bring together third sector organisations who would find OR hugely beneficial, with analysts who are looking for ways of contributing to society over and above their day-job.

Since Pro Bono OR was founded in 2011, volunteer analysts have undertaken over 100 projects helping third sector organisations achieve better insight, better decisions or better ways of working.

We are able to provide a wide range of support in the following areas:

  • Strategic planning/review
  • Data analysis and insight
  • Options appraisal
  • Decision-making
  • Process improvement
  • Impact measurement

Come to our next event

Data, decisions and impact: How statisticians and operational researchers can help civil society

Pro Bono OR is teaming up with The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) to host an online event to highlight the ways in which volunteers with statistical and operational research expertise have worked with charities to deliver better data analysis and robust decision making.

Tuesday 3rd November at 1pm via Zoom.

This event will:

  • Promote the work of our member volunteers and organisations we have supported
  • Increase awareness in the sector about the role and importance of data in decision making
  • Increase awareness in the sector about pro bono initiatives run by the RSS and ORS
  • Connect charitable organisations and our volunteer community
  • Let us know the statistical and operation research needs of the sector.

This event will be of interest to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations. Come along if you are interested in getting pro bono support from the RSS or ORS. We also welcome past volunteers and beneficiaries, as well as statisticians and operational researchers who are keen to offer their skills pro bono to help charitable organisations.

Date: 4 November 2020

Time: 13:00-14:30

Location: Zoom

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The aims

  • To help third sector organisations to do a better job, improve outcomes and build capacity by using the skills of volunteer OR analysts and consultants

  • To promote awareness and understanding of the benefits of OR across the third sector and to wider audiences

  • To give OR analysts an opportunity to practise in a wider arena and develop their knowledge and skills

Whatever your need, operational research can offer the flexibility and adaptability to provide objective, expert help. You may also be interested in our Third Sector Special Interest Group (ORiTS)

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