Our Work

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We are grateful for our nonprofit partners:

An in-depth look at a few of the organizations and communities our volunteers are helping.



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A nonprofit responsible for data collection: our volunteers helped design a model to assess how a human population health can be used to evaluate city health.






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An association of music therapy professionals: our volunteers helped the organization make a critical decision on whether to change certification requirements.




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A homeless shelter for women and children: our volunteers enabled the organization to better understand and utilize the data they collect.






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Goodwill® Industries of Greater Grand Rapids – The mission of Goodwill® is to “strive to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.” They are faced with a problem most brick and mortar stores are having – declining foot traffic in the stores. This Pro Bono Analytics opportunity is to evaluate the different campaigns used by Goodwill, and their effectiveness in generating foot traffic at eight of the stores in their region. A secondary assessment is how the campaigns impact donations. The marketing campaigns involve a variety of media, including television ads, social media, Pandora, print and billboards.

"Thank you so much for the work you put into this project. You have provided not only actionable results but have helped us learn and be able to do more independent analysis in the future."




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Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Our volunteers were able to help Chalkbeat make evidence-based decisions by consolidating data previously spread across multiple systems and evaluating a DW/BI system as being feasible and practical for their organization. They helped plan the conversion of automated spreadsheets exposing data in Google Analytics to all staff along with Facebook/Facebook Ads, Mailchimp, Pardot, Salesforce, and Eventbrite.

"Automating our metrics tracking spreadsheets saves us time!"

Read Full Case Studies

UNHabitat

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American Music Therapy Association

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On the Rise

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Goodwill

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Chalkbeat

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A sampling of the nonprofit organizations our volunteers
have helped make better decisions with their data:


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Meals on Wheels for Western New York is an essential program that delivers meals to members of the community who need it most. Their mission is to enrich lives and promote independent healthy living by offering nutritious foods and a friendly visit. Our volunteers worked to help them improve their processes for purchasing, producing, and transporting food in addition to overhauling their existing data. They are working to improve deliveries, improving process efficiency, and to optimally design a menu.


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Star of Hope Mission is dedicated to meeting the needs of Houston’s homeless men, women, and children and was the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting Micro-Volunteering Partner Organization. The INFORMS conference community, corporate donors, and the Marriott Marquis Houston donated over $7,000 and supplies to build 1,000 much needed toiletry and personal hygiene kits to be distributed to the homeless population of Houston. Throughout the four-day Annual Meeting, attendees from around the world, INFORMS and Star of Hope leadership, and representatives from the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics program, volunteered their time to help with the assembly of the kits. These kits contained items ranging from toothpaste and soap to socks and feminine hygiene products. 


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Center in the Park (CIP), located in Philadelphia, is a senior community center that has gained local and national recognition for successful implementation of a "wellness center" model of programming. When you walk into the Center, you won't see "seniors" watching television – instead older adults will be Skyping in the "digital aging mastery program" or exercising in the "enhance fitness" class. Our volunteers are helping CIP to better measure the value of their health promotion and evidence-based programs by determining the benefit/cost.


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Family Service of Greater Boston (FSGB) has focused on improving the lives of at-risk urban children, youth and their families since 1835. They currently provide services through three main programs: an outpatient mental health clinic, in-home therapy team, and a residential program for teens. FSGB asked for analytics help in developing a data management strategy that can standardize data collection, better coordinate care across programs, and better serve their clients.

"Offered an excellent and professional approach to our statistical and data challenges. Working with Deborah was absolutely wonderful."


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Community Empowerment Solutions empowers community members in countries like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to implement high social impact technologies that address education, economic, energy and health challenges. CE Solutions had designed a survey to assess the outcomes of their program. The Pro Bono Analytics volunteers are helping them review the survey design, ensure that it meets best practices, and that it asks questions that will yield accurate and useful data for assessing their program.

"I've enjoyed working with [your volunteers] Ela and friends and getting to know Miriam as well, Thanks for supporting this opportunity!"

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Safe Haven Family Shelter helps families move from the street to the shelter and then on to a permanent housing. 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting attendees stopped by the Pro Bono Analytics table in the INFORMS Center to create cards of encouragement for Safe Haven families and learn more about the program. 


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Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is an intermediary agency, working with local communities and regional, state, and national stakeholders around economic development. The Pro Bono Analytics volunteer is helping them design a common outcome framework that will assist Indiana-based nonprofits to report, track, and measure performance outcomes.

Teachers-Desk_logo-500-x-111.jpgThe Teachers Desk is a store where teachers shop for FREE books, school supplies, and teacher resources for students in their classrooms - its mission is to distribute school supplies to students in need, to encourage teachers, and to provide purpose through volunteerism. Our volunteers helped them evaluate the best way to utilize storage in their warehouse space and implement a system for future quality control.

"The Pro Bono team has taken our organizational dreams for the warehouse of Teacher's Desk and made them a reality."
- John Mika, Director