The what else tool: A basic way to strengthen your impact claims and avoid having egg on your face!

posted on 03 August 2018


I have been getting excited about process tracing recently; for example, as used in this report that evaluates 25 collective impact initiatives. Process tracing is a way to back a claim about cont...

Shared measurement versus evaluation in collective impact

posted on 10 July 2018


Shared measurement is a core part of collective impact  (CI), a form of place-based approach to collaborative, community-directed efforts to bring about social change. In a nutshell, shared measur...

Reflections from the InDEEP training

posted on 11 June 2018


Liz Bloom, Consultant (Clear Horizon) As a new staff member at Clear Horizon it was very helpful to attend Clear Horizon’s Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose (InDEEP) traini...

Reflections from the Complexity and Evaluation Conference

posted on 06 June 2018


Recently, a few of the members from the Social Innovation Team at Clear Horizon were lucky enough to attend the Complexity and Evaluation conference, led by Collaboration for Impact. It was a busy...

Adult Learning Principles and Styles: Area's to Consider When Delivering Training

posted on 09 March 2018


As part of our internal staff capacity building at Clear Horizon, we organise fortnightly learning and development sessions. Last week we discussed adult learning principles and styles, and how th...

Qualitative Comparative Analysis – a method for the evaluator’s tool-kit

posted on 09 March 2018


I recently attended a five-day course on Qualitative Comparative Analysis run by the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research at the Australian National University. Apart from wanti...

The most significant change (MSC) technique is a form of participatory monitoring and evaluation. It is participatory because many project stakeholders are involved both in deciding the sorts of change to be recorded and in analysing the data. It is a form of monitoring because it occurs throughout the program cycle and provides information to help people manage the program. It contributes to evaluation because it provides data on impact and outcomes that can be used to help assess the performance of the program as a whole.

MSC Publications

MSC User Guide

posted on 11 July 2016


User Guide In 2015 Rick Davies and Jess Dart published the   User Guide for the Most Significant Change Technique  in English. It is aimed at organisations, community groups, students and academic...

A Dialogical Story-Based Evaluation Tool

posted on 11 July 2016


Dart, J.J. and Davies R.J. (2003) A dialogical story-based evaluation tool: the most significant change technique, American Journal of Evaluation 24, 137-155. This article provides an introduction...

A Self-Help Guide for Implementing MSC

posted on 11 July 2016


Dart, J.J. (2003) A Self-Help Guide for Implementing the Most Significant Change Technique (MSC) This aim of this guide is to help groups design an MSC system for their program or project. The gui...

MSC Resources

Target 10 Evaluation Stories

Dart, J.J. (2000) Target 10 Evaluation stories, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victorian State Government, Melbourne Between May 1998 and May 1999, the Target 10 dairy extension ...

Lotterywest MSC

Lotterywest  has been a vital part of Western Australia’s community life since 1933, providing direct support to thousands of community organisations through grants, and to hospitals, cultural and...

A Story Approach for Monitoring

Dart, J.J. (1999) A Story Approach for monitoring change in an agricultural extension project”, proceedings of the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR), International Conference, Melbourne, ...

Stories for Change: A New Model

Dart, J.J. (2000) Stories for Change: A new model of evaluation for agricultural extension projects in Australia, PhD, Institute of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne A model of eval...

MSC Video: The seven secrets of good monitoring and evaluation

Most Significant Change ‘for ‘beginners’. It’s origin/development, the basic process, the rationale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mKiESZnmxg

The Most Significant Change approach for monotoring an Australian extension project

This article describes the MSC approach and highlights some experiences gained during a 12-month trial with the Target 10 Dairy Extension Project. It is suggested that this approach constitutes an...

Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) is a participatory approach to impact evaluation. It centres on a performance story that presents evidence of how a program has contributed to outcomes and impacts. Developed by Jess Dart of Clear Horizon, COR combines contribution analysis and Multiple Lines and Levels of Evidence (MLLE), mapping existing and additional data against the program logic to produce a performance story.  This performance story is then reviewed by both technical experts and program stakeholders, which may include community members.The aim is to tell the ‘story’ of a program’s performance using multiple-lines of evidence.  

COR Publications

What is Collaborative Outcomes Reporting?

posted on 16 September 2016


Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) is a participatory approach to impact evaluation . It centres on a performance story that presents evidence of how a program has contributed to outcomes and ...

Step by step guide to Collaborative Outcomes Reporting

posted on 11 July 2016


Guide to the use of Collaborative Outcomes Reporting developed for the Better Evaluation website.

COR Resources

Stronger, Smarter Realities

In Australia there is a big disparity between educational outcomes for Indigenous children compared to non-indigenous children, and in the last 8 years educational outcomes have been either stable...

AG Performance Story Report

Australian Government, Clear Horizon, O’Connor NRM (2008), Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren and Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps Recovery Program Performance Story – MLRSEW and FPS RP The aim of the ...

Castlemaine 500 Project Outcomes

In 2006, the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) secured the Victorian Government’s support to fund a behaviour change program that would test – by engaging a significant proportion of a ...

"People-centred logic" refers to a specific technique for developing program logic where the focus is on the key people that the project aims to influence. A limitation to traditional logic models has been their tendency to focus predominantly on activities and effects without considering who is affected and where the activity is taking place. One of the key reasons Clear Horizon favours a people-centred logic model approach is because social change is all about people. This approach helps distinguish between the different levels of impact experienced by different participant groups. The approach to program logic was first published in a paper written by Jess Dart named people-centred evaluation (2006).



PCL Publications

The national Lifetimewool project: A journey in evaluation

posted on 16 September 2016


This paper, co-authored by Dr Jess Dart, discusses the evaluation of the national Lifetimewool project. The objective of this project was to develop practical grazing management guidelines that wo...

People-Centred Evaluation

posted on 16 September 2016


This paper outlines the emerging ‘People-Centred Evaluation’ (PCE) approach that guides the development of practical internal monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks for projects and ...

Blending Most Significant Change (MSC) with Outcomes Harvesting, this new tool “Significant Policy Improvement” tool, offers a structured way to capture policy influence, and a process for verifying and ranking the importance of each instance. It can even be used to develop measurable targets! SPI is a new tool developed by Jess Dart, and was piloted with the Australian aid program in Indonesia (DFAT). A paper is being written! Meanwhile please see the slides from the AES 16 conference.

SPI Resources

Slides show of SIPSI methodology

This slide show provides an overview of the SIPSI methodology as presented at the AES 2016 conference. It also provides a case study of how it was used in DFAT Indonesia.  SIPSI technique.pdf