Combining MSC with other approaches Copy
MSC is a good tool to combine with more traditional methods of monitoring and evaluation. MSC complements other methods in two key ways:
- MSC complements more quantitative indicators that describe the spread of change, such as indicators of the number of people who benefited from the program, or the number who have changed practices. In contrast, MSC provides some insight into how and why people made changes, or gained benefit. It adds context and voice to these numbers. MSC can also be combined with a survey to quantify the changes reported in stories across a larger sample (remember that stories themselves are not necessarily representative of changes).
- MSC complements a more ‘results-based management’ approach that looks to see whether expected outcomes (or quantitative targets) have been achieved. In contrast, MSC can search for and capture emergent or unexpected outcomes. These can then become dynamic indicators which could then be tested as part of a one off survey to see how common they are or built into future data collection.