SOC is a privately held consulting firm and it's uniquely specialized in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of post-conflict reconstruction and humanitarian assistance projects in the MENA region.
Their strength lies in the long experience of the corporate management team and its extensive network of highly qualified domestic and international consultants.
SOC will focus on, but will not be limited to:
-Relevance of the projects as the best options for addressing the post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development needs and relevant to national priorities.
-Efficiency of the projects in delivering the intended results in a timely and best value-for-money manner.
-Effectiveness of the projects in addressing the intended results.
-Impact of the projects in relation to the intended results.
-Sustainability of projects in terms of continuity of project benefits accruing to the intended population groups including the government, state institutions and the people.
The principles they adopt in their projects will seek to ensure:
Independence means that the M&E procedure is free from influences that would bias the conduct, findings, conclusions or recommendations.
The M&E procedure rests on verifiable findings of fact. Judgments are clearly separated from factual statements.
The data does not contain errors of significance to the M&E procedure. Findings are based on substantive evidence and triangulation.
Credibility is the extent to which the M&E findings and conclusions are believable and trustworthy. It is determined by objective factors such as the accuracy of an evaluation, and subjective factors such as the perceived or demonstrated impartiality and competence of evaluators.
Whether or not the development intervention is adequately defined and its results verifiable, and if the M&E procedure is the best way to answer questions posed by policy makers or stakeholders.
Both donors and recipients are involved in the M&E process. The views and expertise of groups affected form an integral part of the M&E procedure.
The M&E procedural process and the information it produces are utilised by users and stakeholders. They place emphasis on ensuring the utility of the M&E procedure process as a means for lesson learning, for encouraging an orientation towards results and driving up quality and cost effectiveness.