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, AQR In the field of program evaluation, recognition of problems associated with the use of quantitative performance indicators has set the stage for alternative or supplementary approaches. There have been strong murmurs of interest about the use of “performance stories” for monitoring social change...
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 evaluation was investigated and developed to help meet the evaluation needs of agricultural extension agencies in Australia. The model was based on Davies’ (1996) Most Significant Change (MSC) model; a participatory evaluation approach that involves the generation of stories and their interpretation by ...
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 to MSC and discusses its potential to add to the basket of choices for evaluating programs in developed economies. We provide an Australian case study and outline some of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique. We conclude that MSC can make an important contribution to evaluation practice. I...
Dart, J.J. (2004) Six normative approaches to evaluation Evaluation is used in many program contexts, in many countries and across many different disciplines. It is also used for many different purposes, and the range of things that are included under the umbrella of program evaluation is considerable. Even within one project there may be several evaluation initiatives under way. For this reason, in ‘good’ evaluation the choice of evaluation approach needs to be contextspecific and take into...
Dart, J.J. (2008) Report on outcomes and get everyone involved: The Participatory Performance Story Reporting Technique This paper provides an overview of the emerging technique named Participatory Performance Story Reporting technique. This technique presents a framework for reporting on contribution to long-term outcomes (or targets) using mixed methods and participatory process. The process steps include clarifying the program logic, developing guiding questions for the social inquiry pro...
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 guide splits MSC design into 8 steps. Each step is described, then some questions are asked in relation to the step. Hopefully, answering these questions will help your group develop an appropriate MSC process. This document was designed to be used as part of a one-day training workshop in MSC – it was...
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 academics who wish to use MSC to help monitor and evaluate their social change programs and projects, or to learn more about how it can be used. It since been translated into 12 different languages. Quick start Guide Clear Horizon also developed a  Quick-Start Guide  which aims to help groups design an MSC ...

Most Significant Change ‘for ‘beginners’. It’s origin/development, the basic process, the rationale.

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Guide to the use of Collaborative Outcomes Reporting developed for the Better Evaluation website.
In this post our Senior Consultant and evaluation theory whiz, Caitlin Barry, shares her research into making evaluation capacity building work. Over the past decade there has been a growing emphasis worldwide on evaluation capacity building (ECB). The increasing need for organisations to develop their evaluation capacity is being driven by the need to demonstrate accountability and improve program performance, among other factors. I have an enormous appreciation of internal staff required t...