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Evaluating systems change and place-based approaches – Online Course – November, 2019

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Clear Horizon September 23, 2019

Thank you for taking part in the Most Significant Change online course. It has been our pleasure to work alongside you and watch you engage with the learning, engage with each other and develop your MSC Design Plan. We hope that you take what you have learned and implement it in a small pilot to test the technique in your own context and to open up conversations in your organisation about how MSC can contribute towards desired outcomes. Keep your MSC Design Plan at hand and have as many conversations about it as you can over the coming weeks to build interest and enthusiasm among your colleagues.

As you work through the process, feel free to keep in touch with us!

An invitation to communicate, review and innovate

As you work through the process, feel free to keep in touch with us and make use of the Clear Horizon Academy to further your MSC learning!

Join the Most Significant Changes mailing list to learn more about other people’s experiences. Rick Davies created this in 2000 and it now has more than 200 members. The mailing list has a files section that contains information on MSC usage in a range of organisations and countries since 1993. Please introduce yourself and explain who you are, what you’re doing and what you’re interested in.

Next steps: Apply MSC

When you apply MSC, you’ll need to fine-tune and adapt the process to your local context and program objectives. You will be able to magnify the benefits of doing this if you document your methods and results, and share these with others who use the method.

You might find it helpful to:

  • Document your planned use of MSC. This could include noting the rationale for its use and recording the guidelines for how it is to be used.
  • Review your actual use of MSC and document your conclusions, especially after a pilot period and preferably at regular intervals.
  • Make your MSC documentation available via the MSC mailing list and through other means such as your own website.

Well done and good luck!

Don’t stop at MSC!

Please explore the Clear Horizon Academy to find out about other courses that can help you learn about and practice your collaborative design and evaluation skills.


MSC Thank you! (video transcript)

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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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