SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since their inception in 2010, they have grown from a consortium of globally-recognized experts who specialize in evaluating the effectiveness of development assistance, to a full-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems. Their main sectors of expertise are education, youth and training, maternal health, rural development, local governance and stabilization. They are registered in the US, but to be more responsive to their clients and more in touch with the realities on the ground, they operate two regional offices (in Tanzania and Thailand).
SoCha holds that Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) is the core strategic driver of any international development organization. Spanning from strategic planning to implementation with impact to institutional learning, ME&L provides the mechanisms for catalytic innovations and program management. If used correctly, ME&L will bring tremendous value to those who need it most. SoCha is deeply committed to measuring the results of development assistance and philanthropic work through ME&L that meets the highest requirements for rigor and transparency, drives continuous learning and improvement of programs, and demonstrates impact.
SoCha offers the full range of ME&L services, providing a comprehensive solution from strategy to impact. They design, implement, manage and refine ME&L systems under contract and cooperative agreement with donors such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the Department for International Development, and the United Nations Children’s Fund; for philanthropic foundations such as UBS Optimus, the Elma Foundation and Dubai Cares; and for private NGOs and national governments.
SoCha team members specialize in advancing social science solutions to improving applied humanitarian and development interventions. The ME&L team has evaluation experience at the macro and micro level, ranging from national and regional, to community level, using a variety of approaches to measuring effectiveness across a range of geographies and diverse cultural contexts. Team members have developed monitoring systems, including qualitative and Meta evaluation models for impact and performance measurement, rapid field evaluations, design of data collection methods, surveys, and data quality assessments at project, country mission and donor levels. The SoCha team has regional expertise in developing areas, with experience in across Southern, Eastern and Western Africa; the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. Their four primary service areas are:See more