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 which can be found here . Quick start Guide Clear Horizon also developed a  Quick-Start Guide  which aims to h...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mKiESZnmxg

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...
In my most recent blog I explored a light bulb moment around Developmental Evaluation . Since then I have been musing about the role of the Most Significant Change Technique (MSC) in design and Developmental Evaluation. Although MSC certainly wouldn’t be the only tool you would use; I think MSC could be an exciting part of a Developmental Evaluator’s tool kit. Developmental Evaluation is appropriate to use in innovative, complex and adaptive environments, it allows evaluation to occur even w...
Client The Telstra Foundation Challenge Telstra Foundation was looking to find a way to tell the overall performance story of its investments. While it routinely conducted external evaluations of individual investments, it struggled to capture the performance at the portfolio level. It was around this time that the Foundation reached out to Clear Horizon. Solution One of the first things we did together was to co-develop a ‘ theory of change’ that aimed to show how all the investments fit to...
Client United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) Challenge KNOWFOR (“Improving the way knowledge on forests is understood and used internationally”) is a DFID funded partnership program that seeks to improve the use of forest knowledge by decision makers across the sector. KNOWFOR  brings together the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Bank Program of Forests (PROFOR). The original M...
In this post our Principal Consultant, Byron Pakula, shares some thoughts about the design, monitoring and evaluation of innovative research funds. Across the globe, and particularly in Australia at the moment, more and more emphasis is placed on innovation. “Welcome to the Ideas Boom” is the new tagline for the Australian Governments’ National Innovation & Science Agenda. Innovation is essential for improving the productivity of economies around the world and transforming the efficiency of ...