The blue marble flying through the universe is not so small...

posted on 20 September 2018


The vivid picture of the ‘tiny blue marble’ as seen from space that is our only home, Earth, conjures many emotions. Though the feeling of smallness is not one of them for me, nor are the challeng...

Values-based co-design with a generous portion of developmental evaluation

posted on 18 September 2018


I went to a pre-conference workshop at #AES18LST led by Dr Penny Hagen from Auckland co-design-lab . She walked us a gentle journey down the path of co-design that has values at its heart. She als...

The smallest Russian Doll…

posted on 10 September 2018


By Zazie Tolmer Late last year an opportunity came up for a Clear Horizon consultant to work full time as an embedded evaluator in a Collective Impact initiative. I jumped at the opportunity and h...

New Partnership Set to Bring Social Impact Measurement into the Digital Era

posted on 10 September 2018


Digital start-up Navigating Outcomes to join world-class evaluation company Clear Horizon in joint bid to transform Australian social impact landscape. There were many unknowns when Australian eva...

Design & Evaluation – We’re better together – Take 2

posted on 03 September 2018


Back in December 2017, Tom Hannon and Jess Dart posted the first Design & Evaluation – We’re better together blog. At the time, Clear Horizon had just finished delivering our first public training...

Agile theory of change

posted on 03 September 2018


Over the last few years, as we work more in the social innovation space, our practice has been fruitfully challenged. Ten years ago the majority of our work focused on programs. Increasingly, as e...

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