Foster Local Ownership and Empowerment
Citizen participation drives long-term impact. OSC engages local stakeholders in the design and implementation of its initiatives from start to finish.
Create Transparency and Accountability
Open, data-driven decision making processes that stakeholders perceive as fair and honest are the foundation for OSC’s work. OSC enables civil society organizations, local citizens and diaspora communities to evaluate institutional performance and advocate for improvements.
Employ Comprehensive Strategies and Approaches
Generating successful public dialogue requires rigorous, mixed methods research; strategic, operational, and tactical planning, and; deployment of multiple communications tools and approaches. OSC’s multifaceted campaigns are unified by world class branding and content development that links print, broadcast, electronic, and interpersonal communications products together in mutually reinforcing ways.
OSC’s capacity building, training-of-trainers, and mentoring ensure sustainable impacts. OSC makes maximum use of local citizens in the design and implementation of its activities, creating local stand-alone capability for projects.
Produce Measurable Results
OSC is expert in developing performance measurement tools, indicators, and data systems that assess both the output, outcomes, and ultimate impact of technical assistance. By employing household surveys, experimental design, participatory appraisals, network analysis, and ethnographic techniques, OSC demonstrates the impact of its work in easy-to-understand, visually appealing ways and assists its clients in assessing and reporting on the overall success of their efforts.
OSC utilizes cutting edge technology to enhance its research and communications efforts and bring them together in the form of industry-leading, locally appropriate knowledge management. OSC’s mobile data collection, web design, data visualization, mapping, and rapid information sharing through e-newsletters, email/SMS notifications, RSS feeds, and social media posts galvanizes information dissemination efforts OSC’s has developed short-format video and radio media, tailored to local dialects and audiences, can be combined with hotlines, SMS and interactive voice response systems to create truly interactive knowledge sharing networks even in areas with low literacy and limited connectivity.
Commitment to Ethical Behavior
OSC has formalized its commitment to ethical behavior through its Code of Conduct, and robust corporate policies and procedures. OSC’s programs include written compliance standards and procedures, ongoing employee training, monitoring and evaluation, reporting processes for complaints and concerns, corrective disciplinary actions for noncompliance, and processes for review and remediation of problems.
Combating Trafficking in Persons
OSC’s leadership understands the importance of anti-trafficking and anti-corruption initiatives and devotes sufficient resources to ensure compliance. OSC’s Combating Trafficking in Persons (“Anti-Trafficking”) Compliance Plan and Policy are available here.
Conflict of Interest Policies
To ensure integrity in all of our programming, OSC’s corporate policies prohibit employees from engaging in any conduct or enterprise that constitutes an actual, apparent, or potential conflict of interest.