Pro Bono Analytics
Pro Bono Analytics® is a new initiative within INFORMS to match INFORMS members willing to volunteer their skills with non-profit organizations working in underserved and developing communities.
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Our mission is to:
- Create a platform for INFORMS members to volunteer their skills in underserved and developing communities in the U.S. and abroad.
- Bring advanced analytics and operations research techniques to nonprofit organizations that may lack these skills internally and/or lack the resources to acquire these skills.
- Provide practical, real-world project experience to INFORMS members, both experienced academics and practitioners as well as students and young professionals.
Need ideas about how your organization could benefit from pro bono analytics and operations research assistance? Stay tuned for case studies and success stories that will be published on this site as the program is finalized.
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Pro Bono Analytics for CDCs
by Michael Johnson
How do you know if your programming is making a difference? How are you measuring your organization’s impact? If you can provide direct first-hand experience in a compelling narrative for one situation or family with whom you provided critical support, then you’re off to a strong start. But, of course, it’s not enough anymore to send along one or maybe two success stories to a funder; and personal narrative doesn’t help you identify trends and patterns as readily as data. Of course, data is a vague term and even idea to many. Often, discussing how to measure the impact of an organization can quickly become supplanted by how much is this going to cost and statements, such as “I can't dedicate half my staff to measuring what the other half of the team is doing!” This is where a consultant in operations can be of great value to identify what needs to be tracked, measured and quantified, and, of course, how to do it without consuming mission-critical resources. Read more...