Written by David Hunt on Monday February 22nd 2016 in Latest News
Introducing Pro Bono Analytics
Calling All Volunteers!
We’re really excited to have launched a new initiative at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) called Pro Bono Analytics!
Members of INFORMS have saved corporations billions of dollars by designing more efficient supply chains for retailers, improving processes and scheduling in health care facilities, increasing throughput in manufacturing plants, as well as supporting a wide variety of other industries.
Now we want to encourage you to turn your ORMS talents and energy towards solving problems facing underserved communities or addressing issues related to social injustice!
Pro Bono Analytics matches members willing to volunteer their skills with nonprofit organizations that would benefit from advanced analytics and operations research techniques. The Pro Bono Analytics Committee is building strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations that address a wide variety of problems facing society. The Pro Bono Analytics Committee is also developing a network of analytics / operations research professionals willing to volunteer some of their time for a good cause.
INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics began in 2015 with a few initial projects. We held a webinar in October directed at nonprofit organizations, and held several events at the INFORMS Annual Conference in Philadelphia in November. The Pro Bono Analytics Committee has been contacted by 20 different nonprofit organizations, and we are in the process of scoping possible projects and sending requests out to our volunteers. These include:
A similar program, called Pro Bono OR, has been successfully operating in the United Kingdom for several years. Some of the problems for which members of the Operational Research Society have volunteered their time include:
If you are interested in volunteering some of your time and talent, or you are just curious about how analytics / operations research can address problems facing society, please visit www.probonoanalytics.org to sign-up and to follow our progress. Also, watch for events involving Pro Bono Analytics at the INFORMS Analytics Meeting in Orlando in April. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Pro Bono Analytics team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!