EfC is a small, independent research and consulting company. They have an active and diverse portfolio that includes project implementation, technical assistance, evaluation and impact assessment work in the UK and internationally.
EfC was formed in 1997 building on several years of collaboration between individual consultants (two of whom became and remain the Directors of EfC). The company began with a focus on information services and technology in the education and cultural sectors in the UK and internationally. Over the last eighteen years, their expertise has expanded into education sector management, monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance and strategy and policy development. Their clients include UN agencies, international NGOs, multilateral and bilateral donors and ministries of education.
Their core business is education. This includes education at all levels and in all forms: formal, non-formal and lifelong learning.
Their mission is to support affirmative educational and social change. They work to inform and empower people and organisations, providing clients with professional consulting services, robust research and effective project management. EfC works at all levels: from international agencies and governments, international and national NGOs, to school and community-based institutions.
EfC has offices in London. They have four staff members and they collaborate with a small number of specialist associates to meet the requirements of individual contracts.
They specialise in:
- Basic and secondary education
- Higher education
- Education monitoring and evaluation
- Strategy and policy
- Management information systems
- School management and community participation
- Libraries and information seeking
- Culture and heritage
Values and approach
The values that underpin EfC’s work are:
- commitment to social responsibility and ethical standards in our choice and delivery of contracts
- empowerment of the client and end-user through the transfer of knowledge, education and access to information
- responsiveness to and respect for client cultures, management styles, procedures and preferences
It is their policy to provide a member of EfC staff to lead all their contracts, ensuring strong accountability and quality assurance for their work. They also endeavour, in all contracts with a country specific focus, to include national consultants in their team. These colleagues bring contextual and technical expertise that ensures their work is relevant and appropriate to the situation, with a strong focus on sustainability and local capacities. Over the years EfC has built up a wide network of such colleagues (individuals and organisations) across the world, including professional partnerships with two consultancy firms covering East and Southern Africa.
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