RSS and Pro Bono Economics announce new partnership project

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The Royal Statistical Society has teamed up with leading charity Pro Bono Economics to announce a new project: Pro Bono Impact.

PBE has worked for many years to help non profit organisations receive pro bono support from economists with nearly 300 engagements with charities completed since it was founded in 2009. However, it has found that some charities want help with data and statistics rather than economics.

Therefore the RSS and PBE are teaming up to pilot a new project called Pro Bono Impact. The RSS will provide volunteer statisticians from its membership. PBE will then call upon these volunteers when it has charities that need help with their data.

If you are interested in signing up to a volunteer list that PBE can call upon, please email Joanna at the RSS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the end of March 2017. PBE will then make contact with all those interested and let them know more about PBE's work, and how RSS volunteers can get involved.

The pilot will run until summer 2018 and then be reviewed by the RSS and PBE.

Hetan Shah, executive director of the RSS said: 'Other professions such as law have a strong pro bono culture, and this partnership with Pro Bono Economics will allow statisticians to also give their time to charities on a pro bono basis.'

Julia Grant, chief executive of PBE said: 'Charities and social enterprises are increasingly required to think like businesses, but simply do not have the resources to support high quality evaluation work and impact assessments. And as our co-founder and trustee Andy Haldane has advocated on many occasions, skills-based volunteering is ultimately the most valuable, for both the volunteer, beneficiary and wider society.

'We at Pro Bono Economics are excited to work with the RSS to deliver an interdisciplinary programme of support to really help organisations understand and improve their impact and value.'


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