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Most of Significant Change

Most of Significant Change

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Published by: Ganip Gunawan on Jan 28, 2011
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Funded byCARE International, United KingdomOxfam Community Aid Abroad, Australia | Learning to Learn, Government of South AustraliaOxfam New Zealand | Christian Aid, United Kingdom | Exchange, United KingdomIbis, Denmark | Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS), DenmarkLutheran World Relief, United States of America
The ‘Most Signicant Change’(MSC) Technique
A Guide to Its Use
Rick Davies and Jess Dart
Version 1.00 – April 2005
Most Signicant Change Guide Table of Contents
Acronyms 4Preface: The Structure of this Guide 5Acknowledgements 7Chapter One: A Ten Minute Overview of MSC 8
What is MSC, in a nutshell?8What’s in a name?8The MSC story9Overview of implementation steps10The kernel11The purpose12When and when not to use MSC12Where to get further information14
Chapter Two: Ten Steps to Implementing MSC 15
Step 1: How to start and raise interest15Step 2: Defining domains of change17Step 3: Defining the reporting period22Step 4: Collecting SC stories23Step 5: Selecting the most significant of the stories28Step 6: Feeding back the results of the selection process34Step 7: Verification of stories36Step 8: Quantification38Step 9: Secondary analysis and meta-monitoring38Step 10: Revising the system44
Chapter Three: Troubleshooting 46
Concerns expressed by participants46Concerns expressed by others50
Chapter Four: Building Capability for Effective MSC 54
Building the capacity of MSC ‘champions’54Building the capacity of the staff tp participate fully in MSC55Considering resources and time required56
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Most Signicant Change Guide Table of Contents
Chapter Five: MSC within a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework 58
MSC within the program cycle58MSC as monitoring and evaluation58MSC as a specific type of monitoring58MSC as program evaluation61MSC and organisational learning63Other uses of MSC within programs64
Chapter Six: Validity and Voice in MSC 67
MSC: a valid technique67Purposive sampling69Bias in MSC70Issues of voice and power in MSC71
Chapter Seven: How MSC Compares to Other Approaches and Epistemologies 72
Appreciative Enquiry72Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E)72Case studies and vignettes72Evolutionary epistemology and MSC73MSC under a constructivist lens74
Chapter Eight: History of MSC 75
History as process75Types of MSC uses75The differences that make a difference77
Chapter Nine: New Directions for MSC 81
Fine tuning81Combining with other approaches82Innovations84Future research areas86An invitation to innovate, review and communicate87
Appendix 1: Sample Story Collection Formats92Appendix 2: Sample Significant Change Stories97Appendix 3: Sample Story Reporting Format103Appendix 4: Facilitation Guide for Story Collection104

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