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...

What is Analytics?

Analytics is defined as the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions.

Our members help organizations like yours every day to use analytics to improve processes, save costs, and enhance revenues.

Whatever your business need in analytics – from wanting to know what it is and how you might use it to improve your organizational goals to applying it to a specific business problem you already have – INFORMS has the professionals and programs to help you.


Could your non profit benefit from Pro Bono Analytics?

How do we know if our programs are making a difference? 

Do they justify the time and effort we put into them? 

We want to start a new program – but what is the need for it? 

How can we convince funders to support the initiative? 

How can we redesign our initiatives to be as efficient and as effective as possible?

Pro Bono Analytics wants to help. Sign up to stay posted on developments!

Ad hoc committee

  • David Hunt, Committee Chair; Strategic Planning Committee, Committee on Engagement with Organizations; Oliver Wyman
  • Victoria Chen, Founder, INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence; Co-Founder, INFORMS Section on Data Mining; University of Texas-Arlington
  • James Cochran, OR/MS Today and Analytics Committee; co-founder, Statistics Without Borders; University of Alabama
  • Arnold Greenland, CAP, Analytics Conference Committee; University of Maryland
  • Michael Johnson, Vice President of Chapters & Fora; University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Paul Rubin, IT Committee; Michigan State University
  • Rina Schneur, past INFORMS President, Continuing Education Committee

Related Links

Pro Bono OR
Operational Research Society (UK)