Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Capturing Leadership Outcomes with Most Significant Change

Session Number: 2167
Track: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: leadership development, Most Significant Change, participatory evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sierra Frischknecht [Senior Associate - Social Impact]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Anne Laesecke [Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor - IREX]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - 24

Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Most Significant Change (MSC) is a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach that collects stories of change directly from beneficiaries. Stories are then reviewed and discussed collaboratively to better understand how different stakeholder groups value various impacts. MSC is often celebrated for its participatory nature and its usefulness across all sectors—particularly those where outcomes are highly individualized, like leadership training. However, its flexibility can make MSC intimidating to implement.

Join IREX and Social Impact in a practical and experiential workshop to learn how MSC was implemented in two programs of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI supports Africa’s next generation of young leaders with leadership training, networking opportunities, and professional development opportunities for over 4,000 participants annually. The facilitators will share examples of the MSC process, tools, and reporting for different YALI programs. Participants will gain resources and experience, through workshop exercises, to apply MSC in their own work.


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