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OR in the 3 rd sector – where from; where to; where next?. Ruth Kaufman FORS. Purpose of talk. Share what’s been going on Because it’s interesting Because you might want to get involved Synergy/cross-fertilisation. I’m going to cover. What is ORiTS? Relationship with Community O.R,

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Or in the 3 rd sector where from where to where next

OR in the 3rd sector – where from; where to; where next?

Ruth Kaufman FORS


Purpose of talk
Purpose of talk

Share what’s been going on

Because it’s interesting

Because you might want to get involved

Synergy/cross-fertilisation


I m going to cover
I’m going to cover

What is ORiTS?

Relationship with Community O.R,

Progress + experience

How to get involved


O r in the 3 rd sector aims
O.R. in the 3rd sector: Aims


Two components so far
Two components (so far)

  • Special Interest Group

  • Pro bono scheme

ORiTS






How they are alike
How they are alike

  • Mainly concerned with ‘improving the world’ via independent not for profit routes


Special interest group
Special Interest Group

help OR analysts working or planning to work in third sector organisations to do a better job

promote to OR analysts the opportunity to practise in a wider arena.

Speakers: O.R. volunteers; O.R. consultants; third sector organisations; …

www.theorsociety.com/Pages/SpecialInterest/ORThirdSector.aspx


Pro bono scheme
Pro Bono scheme

To help 3rdsector organisations

To promote OR in the third sector

To give OR analysts new opportunities


What s on offer
What’s on offer?

  • Broadest possible definition of O.R.

    • Whatever it takes to help you deal with your organisational problem

    • As long as it is a non-trivial problem

    • And would not be better served by somebody with specific expertise

  • Somebody from ‘the O.R. community’


To whom
To whom?

Any 3rd sector organisation…

…that can inspire an analyst to want to give their time for free


Matching projects and volunteers
Matching projects and volunteers

Via

Reach Volunteers

Via

Cranfield Trust

Direct


Organisations so far
Organisations so far…

Via

Reach Volunteers

Via

Cranfield Trust

Direct


Not all ors members
Not all ORS members…

Via

Reach Volunteers

Via

Cranfield Trust

Direct



Of various sizes

£

Of various sizes




Nature of projects summary
Nature of projects - summary

  • One ‘hard’ project

  • Several ‘semi-hard’

  • Most:

    • strategy/business planning in difficult circumstances

    • mainly ‘soft’

    • done by confident analysts with ‘O.R. mindset’


Feedback 1 partners clients
Feedback (1) Partners + clients

Delighted to have this partnership

We’ve benefited hugely from your work and support in all areas of the project, and from an organisational perspective you’ve enabled us to take a highly professional approach to increasing our efficiency

  • Consultants approached the issues from a holistic point of view and honed in on key issues. Very thorough and professional . Some very useful new ideas which we will explore

Reach, Cranfield Trust

Clients


Feedback 2 volunteers
Feedback (2) Volunteers

My volunteering experience helped with my competencies; it helped me plan and deliver strong relationships with stakeholders and has given me additional confidence in my ability to do a lot more

  • Being a volunteer enabled me to try tools and techniques without feeling too nervous about whether they would work or not. I developed my expertise in soft OR techniques


Overall so far
Overall, so far

Have succeeded in establishing a SIG – reasonably active!

Have succeeded in establishing a pro bono scheme – pilot, at least

Have identified enthusiastic users


Next steps
Next steps

O.R. pro bono

To grow or not to grow?

Publicise?

Target?

Learn?

SIG

How do we sustain it?


How you can get involved
How you can get involved

O.R. pro bono

Write to [email protected] to register your interest (head your email ‘OR in the 3rd Sector’)

Register with Reach, watch out for O.R. roles www.reachskills.org.uk

Write to Cranfield Trust: [email protected]

SIG

Add your name to the mailing list to keep in touch: http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/SpecialInterest/ORThirdSector_contact.aspx

Come to the meetings

Join the committee

If you are already working with the 3rd sector, we’d love to hear from you


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