Stories of Change

Significant changes in the eyes of our target groups and beneficiaries.

What is the Most Significant Change?
The Most Significant Change (MSC) is a participatory evaluation technique based on the collection of stories of significant change. It involves non-experts in identifying expected and unexpected outcomes that can be used to assess the impact of projects.

Why we use the Most Significant Change
We use the MSC-technique because it allows us to involve both our participants and our beneficiaries in project evaluation. MSC directly measures change in the lives of the people and communities we serve and can still be used when baseline data is lacking. It identifies outcomes that are significant from the perspective of beneficiaries, as well as the values on which their judgment is based. Reported outcomes are part of a story that can easily be understood and analyzed by non-experts.

How we use the Most Significant Change
We collect stories using the following format:

  1. Tell me something about yourself. What's your name, where do you live, what do you do, and how were you involved in the World Servants project?
  2. Describe the situation of your family/community before you became involved with World Servants (and the local partner organization)?
  3. Looking back over the period since the project, what has changed in your personal life, your family, your community?
  4. From among all these significant changes, what do you think was the most significant change?
  5. Why is this change the most significant to you?

Stories are collected by trained participants who also rank the stories based on the degree to which they are complete, representative, and accurate. The best stories are used for publications, while all collected stories are used to inform and adapt our Theory of Change.

Read "Fewer mothers and children die" or go to the sidebar on the right for more stories of change.