Information for Volunteers

The most successful businesses of today use data and evidence to inform their decision making. These organisations can either afford to employ someone with the analytical skills or bring in experts, but unfortunately in the third sector there is a lack of skills and resource to invest in this agenda.

Statisticians for Society has been introduced to meet this need and support our members in giving their time and skills to charitable organisations.

Why volunteer?

Because pro bono work is both a challenging and rewarding experience. It is an excellent way of providing vital services to those in need, while gaining experience. Volunteering in this way is something of a tradition in other professions such as law, and now, with support from the National Lottery Community Fund we have the formal framework to facilitate this for our members.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Work with charitable organisations in the third sector
  • Participate in projects; as an individual or as part of a team
  • Share good practice and strengthen confidence in statistics, data and evidence.

Please note that you must be an RSS Fellow to take part in the pro bono scheme.

What’s the process?

When a third sector organisation registers for support, we will contact the charity to determine whether it meets the criteria for pro bono support. If successful, we will arrange a phone call with a member of our pro bono scoping committee, who will determine what form of support and approach is needed. The committee member will produce a project plan which we will send to the charity for approval.

After this, we will send round a call for participation to volunteers on our database, who can then decide if they wish to get involved. We will match the charity with a volunteer statistician, or team of statisticians, with the expertise for the project. The statistician will organise a meeting with the charity to further discuss the project plan. Following the meeting, the volunteer statistician will write a detailed project proposal, including an agreed timeline, which will be signed by both parties.

Once the project is complete, we will have an independent statistician review the work that has been done. The charity and volunteer statistician will be contacted by the Society to discuss sharing their experience and providing feedback.

Express your interest

As you can see from our process above, there are many ways for you to be a part of a pro bono project.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer or want more information please contact