Statisticians for Society - volunteers sought for pro bono opportunities

Written by Amaka Nwagbara on . Posted in Latest call-outs to members

As part of Statisticians for Society, The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is seeking volunteers to help charities that require pro bono support.

To volunteer, you must be a fellow of the RSS and must register as a volunteer for Statisticians for Society. To apply please submit your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 400 words), stating the project(s) you wish to apply for and why you would be suitable for the work. For more information about registration and to submit your application please email Amaka Nwagbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Gender equality in Camden
Estimated time commitment: 40 hours

Camden Giving (London) is an independent charity that supports projects that make a lasting change to the lives of people who live and work in Camden. The charity would like to establish the demographic and what other available data can tell them about gender equality in Camden and its 18 wards. Once they have established a picture of gender equality in Camden, they would like to develop ways of assessing the impact on gender equality of the projects they fund.

They are seeking a volunteer who can help with the following: 

  1. Liaise with Camden Giving to establish a set of gender equality measures that could be extracted from available data sources relating to Camden.
  2. Extract relevant data from these data sources and summarise in lay report form to provide a description of current gender equality in Camden and its wards.
  3. Discuss future work to assess the impact on gender equality of their funded projects.

The charity has access to the London Funders Dataset and contacts in Camden Council who can provide data and other public-facing datasets e.g. ONS, DoH. A volunteer with knowledge of public-facing demographic, social and health datasets would be an advantage.

Location: The work will be done remotely, with preliminary face to face meetings. The project will commence when a volunteer has been secured. 


Enhancing the IF Index of Young Adults’ Wellbeing
Estimated time commitment: 12-16 weeks

Intergenerational Foundation (IF) is a London-based charity which undertakes research into inequalities between different generations to educate and inform policy-makers and the general public. 

IF publishes an annual wellbeing index which measures how the wellbeing of millennials is changing compared with previous cohorts of young adults. Last year, the work was conducted as a pilot study using a cohort of people aged 20-29 in 1995, 2005 and 2015 for the analysis. The dataset was taken from surveys/studies that are publicly available and a report of the index was published with publicity from the BBC.

IF is now looking to develop the index further with more in-depth analysis and insights. They require a statistician with expertise in social and economic statistics who can advise on methodology, design and provide a review function as the work progresses. The volunteer will have experience analysing cohort data and designing indices in the socio-economic arena. The analysis is produced using the R programming language, so it would be a useful project for someone who is familiar with R. 

The results will be published as a report and credit (or possibly co-authorship) will be offered to the volunteer.

Location: Remote with preliminary meetings to define the project scope. The project will begin in May/June with completion by end of August 2019.


Evaluating impact and survey design for Creative Sparkworks
Estimated time commitment: 4 days

Creative Sparkworks (London) provides film and media training to young adults from under-represented groups in the London Borough of Lambeth. We are looking for a volunteer with survey design and statistical modelling expertise to help with the following: 

  • Designing a survey to gather data on the effectiveness of their interventions.
  • Analysing and presenting data on the impact of their services

Location: The work can be done remotely with a preliminary face to face meeting. This project will begin when a volunteer has been secured. 



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