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 project implemented a novel approach to participatory monitoring and evaluation referred to as the ‘Story Approach’, which, as far as we know, had never been attempted in Australia before. The purpose was twofold: to collect data about the impact of the project as a whole and to promote organisation...
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 or declining. This case study is about a participatory evaluation of the first phase of the Australian “Stronger Smarter Realities Program” (SSR) which ran from 2006 to the end of 2008. This project was about creating systematic and transferable change by arming Australian educators with the belief...
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 Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren and Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps Recovery Program is to improve the conservation status of the emu-wren and swamps. The activities of the program are directed towards reducing, mitigating and managing threats and risks to the survival of the species and ecological c...
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 township in household energy reduction – whether major savings could be achieved and measured at the regional level. The objective was to get 500 households to commit to a long-term process that required active participation and input to achieve a 15 to 30% reduction in energy consumption. Both part...
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. Us...
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 ...

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

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