Community-Based Operations Research Opportunities abound to â€˜do good with good O.R.
At the Seattle INFORMS conference, we considered the potential for O.R. at the community level in a tutorial entitled "Community-Based Operations Research". Community-based operations research (CBOR) is an emerging subfield of public sector O.R. that focuses on community problems, such as poverty, "food security" and homelessness. Former INFORMS President Richard Larson defines public sector O.R. as "quantitative methods and an analytical mind-set applied to problems in which the client is a government entity or non-profit organization [which] is best used to empower individuals to make better decisions, to identify unconventional solutions to difficult problems, and to ensure equality of opportunity for all".
Link to material: http://www.orms-today.org/orms-2-08/frcommunity.html