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Sense-making through stories: an introduction to Most Significant Change

As the evaluation space becomes increasingly more technical, digital and complex – think big data, impact dashboards and collective impact – the value of personal stories of impact can sometimes be overlooked. After all, could a first-person narrative really offer more insight on how an initiative is performing than a real-time collation of hundreds of digital survey responses?

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Jen Riley interviews Damien Sweeney on program logics

I see program logics as having a couple of purposes. Firstly, a logic provides a relatively simple visualisation of what one wants to achieve, and how to get there, without getting bogged down interpreting pages of words. A program logic is like a road map to guide implementation teams, and as a communication tool to stakeholders, including donors, and the clients, or end-users, or beneficiaries. They say a picture paints a thousand words, and this is true for program logics.

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Developing, delivering and iterating a new learning product

On Monday 22 July, 2019, we launched the Clear Horizon Academy. The Clear Horizon Academy is a learning initiative of Clear Horizon and it was borne out of a larger strategic direction to move further ahead with the aid of digital transformation.

Fundamentally, our aim is to empower learners to build their practical skills in collaborative design and evaluation. By doing this, we build sector capability.

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Change is here and so are the robots

Believe it or not, there was once a time when the internet didn’t exist. No phones, no smartwatches and no virtual reality. The digital age has well and truly arrived, and with it, numerous opportunities to improve the world around us. Countless business models have been disrupted by digital technology, apps, streaming services, digitalisation of previous analogue formats, connectivity, mobile devices and cloud systems.

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Most Significant Change goes digital with Clear Horizon Academy

When Rick Davies and Jess Dart first authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) User Guide in 2005, they had little idea of its transformative potential for the sector. Fast forward 15 years, and the MSC technique is an essential part of the evaluation toolkit, widely used by aid and development agencies and the social impact sector.

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Dr Jess Dart

CEO & Founder

Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.

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