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Most Significant Changes (MSC)
and
Quarterly Monitoring Chart (QMC)


This page focuses on the MSC approach for monitoring. Additionally you can find descriptions of a simple planning tool, QMC, as developed by Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke and its partner organisations.


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An online bibliography about t
he Most Significant Change Technique
Prepared by Rick Davies. Click on the picture to access  webpage.


Front page of manual



The Most Significant Change Technique
Manual from the Equal Access Network, 2011

The manual is based on the manual below.
It is shorter and drawing on a research project in Nepal.

Click on the picture to download the manual as an PDF file








Front page of guidebook

Rick Davies and Jess Dart: The 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) Technique
A Guide to Its Use, Version 1.00 - April 2005 (Web published by MandE News, UK)

A comprehensive, user friendly, and hands-on treatise of experiences gained during a decade.
A must for the practitioner!
Read here: MSC Manual Link to 'MandE News': Miscellaneous

Front page of book

Peter Sigsgaard: Doing Away With Predetermined Indicators:
Monitoring using the Most Significant Changes Approach

in: Lucy Earle (ed.): Creativity and Constraint, INTRAC, Oxford 2004


Read here: Doing Away


Front page of scholarly journal

Peter Sigsgaard: Monitoring without indicators:
an ongoing testing of the MSC approach
Evaluation Journal of Australasia, Vol. 2 (new series), No. 1, August 2002

Article; the why and how of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke's experiments with MSC




Read here: Monitoring without



Claudia Fontes (with support from Ricardo Wilson-Grau and Rick Davies):
How do you DOEN? Stories from the
culture sector in Africa 
The DOEN Foundation, The Netherlands, August 2010     

A thorough use of the MSC approach in an evaluation of an extensive international culture programme. The stories are used for constructing relevant domains of change and theories highlighting the developmental impact of the activities.
I bring here the report and annexes by courtesy of the consultant Claudia Fontes and the Dutch organisation DOEN Foundation.

Read the report here: How do you DOEN?  
Annexes:  A: List of participants  B: Map of significance  C: MSC stories  D: D-MS Selection and analysis 


Videotaped MSC story from Central AmericaVideotaped MSC stories 2010
Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke/Action Aid in Central America have used the MSC method for annual partnership and programme reviews.
Click on the picture to see some examples.



Robyn Keriger: MSC Guide: Based on the Experience of ADRA Laos
ADRA Laos & ADRA Australia, 2004 (published via download)

A very inspiring manual. According to a later evaluation, this pilot MSC was a success. Below you can also get a rather large file of this evaluation.

Read manual here: MSC Guide ADRA Download evaluation: ADRA



Rebecca Wrigley: Learning from Capacity Building Practice:
Adapting the 'Most Significant Change' Approach to Evaluate Capacity Building Provision by CABUNGO in Malawi
Praxix Paper No. 12, INTRAC, Oxford, December 2006

An interesting attempt to use MSC for evaluation purposes

Read here: CABUNGO



Bettina Ringsing: Learning about advocacy. Monitoring as a tool for learning in Ibis South America
MSc Thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, August 2003

This investigation explores MSC as a tool for monitoring an NGO's advocacy endeavours.

Read here: MSC Advocacy



Adan Kabelo, Peter Sigsgaard, Charlton Sulwe: Toolkit for TTT M&E. MSiS 2004-2005
MS Travelling Topic Team on M&E, 'Manual' for Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Copenhagen 2004

Internal "How-to-do-it" introductory guide for in-house training in the MSC technique and planning by using the QMC (Quarterly Monitoring Chart).

Read here: TTT Toolkit



Peter Sigsgaard: Advocacy Example QMC
Hypothetical case outlining planning for Advocacy interventions, manus., 2005

This example was constructed on demand for a QMC addressing more "soft" interventions areas than e.g. construction of water tanks etc.

Read here: Advocacy QMC


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