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 sporting organisations through funds distributed by the State Government.

In 2012, Lotterywest commenced the Social Value Analysis Project to better understand what people appreciated most about Lotterywest’s grant making and community development activities – as well as what we could do better.

Using the Most Significant Change story telling technique, over 90 people (including retailers, community organisations, our government partners and former board members) were asked to talk about the impact Lotterywest had on them, their organisation or the community. They were asked to describe what they saw as the most significant change Lotterywest support had helped bring about.

Story selection workshops were held with staff, community representatives, board members and retailers to discuss and evaluate which ‘stories of change’ were perceived as ‘most significant’.

At the end of the project it was decided to publish 80 MSC stories in a book as part of Lotterywest 80 year celebrations. It was not the original intention of the project to publish the stories. However after the selection workshops, the Lotterywest Board realised the value of the stories in describing the Lotterywest’s contribution to the inspirational work of a wide range of individuals and community groups across WA.

In addition, Lotterywest produced a report that described the story of the full Social Value Analysis Project, of which MSC was one component.