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. The MSC guide has since been translated into 12 languages and it’s about to reach an even broader audience with the introduction of the MSC online course. It’s the first of a range of monitoring, evaluation and social impact online learning courses to be released via Clear Horizon’s new digital learning platform – the Clear Horizon Academy.

We see Clear Horizon Academy as a space where new and experienced evaluators can come together to learn with us. It’s also a space to share our experiences of what works and what doesn’t work in the field – regardless of where that ‘field’ may be. This is us sharing our practice with the world and providing people an opportunity to connect across sectors in the practice of evaluation.

Jess Dart, CEO & Founder, Clear Horizon

The courses are co-designed by social change practitioners and learning designers and focus on providing learners with practical tools and resources, real-life case studies, a sense of community and industry engagement.

The Clear Horizon Academy places the learner at the heart of the learning experience. We’ve applied the principles of active learning to our courses, recognising that most of the learning will happen during engagement with activities and during discussions with peers and mentors.

Aliki Christou, Head of Clear Horizon Academy

Accessibility to learning and the opportunity to practice and reflect with help is a key driver for starting the Clear Horizon Academy. As well as overcoming geographical boundaries, online learning gives people the opportunity to fit their learning around their work and lifestyle.

With the Most Significant Change online course, we’ve focused on the learner and providing them options to participate, communicate and share their experiences. So while we provide media rich content and downloadable tools and resources, we’ve also embedded spaces in our courses for conversations and engagement as this is where deeper learning and insights can occur.

Aliki Christou, Head of Clear Horizon Academy

Clear Horizon Academy’s Most Significant Change online course starts on Monday 19 August, 2019. The online course will run for four weeks, with a time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours per week. Enrol now.

Rick Davies and Jess Dart wrote the MSC User Guide in 2005, and were jointly awarded the 2006 Australasian Evaluation Society Award for this technique.

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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.