Skip to main content
Community Operational Research: A Survey of the Discipline
The Operational Research Society 60th Anniversary Annual Conference (2018)
  • Michael P Johnson, Jr.
  • Gerald Midgley
  • Jason D Wright
  • George Chichirau, University of Massachusetts Boston
Community operational research (COR) is an extension of multiple OR/MS traditions to support participatory research, localized impact and social change. It applies critical thinking, evidence-based policy analysis, community participation and decision modeling to local interventions. It emphasizes the needs, voices and values of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. It rests on a foundation of meaningful engagement with communities. This presentation summarizes a multi-year effort to assemble cutting-edge research in COR in a special issue of European Journal of Operational Research available August 2018. We review principles for community OR, describe the breadth and diversity of the field through the experience of editing and contributing to  the EJOR special issue, and explore some areas of COR of particular interest, including pro bono consulting for nonprofits, diversity, equity & inclusion; and community data analytics.
  • community operational research; community-based operations research; pro bono operational research,
  • pro bono analytics,
  • diversity,
  • community development
Publication Date
September 11, 2018
Lancaster, UK
Citation Information
Michael P Johnson, Gerald Midgley, Jason D Wright and George Chichirau. "Community Operational Research: A Survey of the Discipline" The Operational Research Society 60th Anniversary Annual Conference (2018)
Available at: