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1 OR in the 3 rd sector – where from; where to; where next? Ruth Kaufman FORS

2 Purpose of talk Share what’s been going on Because it’s interesting Because you might want to get involved Synergy/cross-fertilisation 1.2

3 I’m going to cover What is ORiTS? Relationship with Community O.R, Progress + experience How to get involved

4 O.R. in the 3 rd sector: Aims Improve O.R visibility and impact Help charities do a better job Help charity beneficiaries Promote O.R. in 3 rd sector Provide brokerage service Support practitioners in 3 rd sector Enlarge skills pool

5 ORiTS Two components (so far) Pro bono scheme Special Interest Group

6 Relationship with COR O.R. in 3 rd sector Community O.R.

7 How they differ Community O.R.O.R. in 3 rd sector Community +Charities, social enterprises, campaigns, …

8 How they differ Community O.R.O.R. in 3 rd sector Community +Charities, social enterprises, campaigns, … Strengthen civil society; support self-organisation; improve well-being Address problems presented by organisation

9 How they differ Community O.R.O.R. in 3 rd sector Community +Charities, social enterprises, campaigns, … Strengthen civil society; support self-organisation; improve well-being Address problems presented by organisation Want to build body of research and guidance Want to build track record of successful applications

10 How they are alike Community O.R.O.R. in 3 rd sector Community +Charities, social enterprises, campaigns, … Strengthen civil society; support self-organisation; improve well-being Interventions: solve problems Want to build body of research and guidance Want to build track record of successful applications Mainly concerned with ‘improving the world’ via independent not for profit routes

11 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

12 Pro Bono scheme To help 3 rd sector organisations To promote OR in the third sector To give OR analysts new opportunities

13 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’

14 To whom? Any 3 rd sector organisation… …that can inspire an analyst to want to give their time for free

15 Matching projects and volunteers Via Reach Volunteers Via Cranfield Trust Direct

16 Organisations so far… African Prisons project World Owl Trust Mankind Community Network Reach Volunteers Myton Hospice CLIC Sargent Kaleidoscope Enterprise Limited Settle Stories Joint Epilepsy Council Pontypridd YMCA RNLI Crimestoppers Via Reach Volunteers Via Cranfield Trust Direct

17 Not all ORS members… African Prisons project World Owl Trust y Mankind Community Network y Reach Volunteers y Myton Hospice y CLIC Sargent Kaleidoscope Enterprise Limited y Settle Stories Joint Epilepsy Council y Pontypridd YMCA y RNLI y Crimestoppers y Via Reach Volunteers Via Cranfield Trust Direct

18 Mainly direct service organisations African Prisons project service, research, education World Owl Trust service, education Mankind service Community Network social enterprise Reach Volunteers infrastructure Myton Hospice service CLIC Sargent service Kaleidoscope Enterprise Limited service Settle Stories service Joint Epilepsy Council infrastructure Pontypridd YMCA service RNLI service Crimestoppers service

19 Of various sizes African Prisons project £100k Africa, 20; UK 0 London, Kenya, Uganda World Owl Trust £200k9national + Mankind £200k local Community Network £300k13national Reach Volunteers £400k8national Myton Hospice £8mn250local CLIC Sargent £25mn350national Kaleidoscope Enterprise Limited ~2local Settle Stories ~1local Joint Epilepsy Council £80k1national Pontypridd YMCA £100k4local RNLI £160mn1600national Crimestoppers £4mn84national £

20 Beneficiaries African Prisons project Detainees in Africa World Owl Trust Owls Mankind Men who’ve experienced sexual assault Community Network Various Reach Volunteers Registered Charities Myton Hospice People needing end of life care CLIC Sargent Children and young people with cancer Kaleidoscope Enterprise Ethnic minority individuals +communities Settle Stories The public Joint Epilepsy Council Epilepsy charities Pontypridd YMCA Local users RNLI Seafarers Crimestoppers The public

21 Nature of projects African Prisons project Develop plan to extend work World Owl Trust How to deal with financial challenges Mankind Help develop new 5-year plan Community Network Articulate strategy; use data to understand business Reach Volunteers Process improvement Myton Hospice Develop KPIs; develop systems to provide them CLIC Sargent Analysis, problem-structuring and options appraisal Kaleidoscope Enterprise What to do given financial and people challenges Settle Stories What to do next? Joint Epilepsy Council Strategic response to financial +membership challenges Pontypridd YMCA Help develop a business plan RNLI Support in-house O.R. team Crimestoppers Call centre simulation to optimise staff rosters

22 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’

23 Feedback (1) Partners + clients Reach, Cranfield Trust Clients Delighted to have this partnership 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 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

24 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 1.24

25 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

26 Next steps O.R. pro bono To grow or not to grow? Publicise? Target? Learn? SIG How do we sustain it?

27 How you can get involved O.R. pro bono Write to Gavin.Blackett@theorsociety.com to register your interest (head your email ‘OR in the 3 rd Sector’) Register with Reach, watch out for O.R. roles www.reachskills.org.ukwww.reachskills.org.uk Write to Cranfield Trust: vanessa.longman@cranfieldtrust.orgvanessa.longman@cranfieldtrust.org SIG Add your name to the mailing list to keep in touch: http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/SpecialInterest/ORThirdSector_contact.aspx http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/SpecialInterest/ORThirdSector_contact.aspx Come to the meetings Join the committee If you are already working with the 3 rd sector, we’d love to hear from you

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