Reflection on the Osi Tanata stories Copy
Selection is a crucial tool for MSC, but sometimes, we don’t like it because it means we have to get out of our comfort zone. The process isn’t about the outcome – it’s about the conversation we have when we have to choose one of the stories and we explain our choices – it often brings values to the surface.
In the Osi Tanata’s case, stories were reviewed and selected by staff and stakeholders every six months, and by the board and Oxfam New Zealand every year. They focused on categories of changes at the individual level, and changes at the community level – as well as looking for any other changes and lessons learned.
The team developed a database to track all of their stories and conducted a secondary analysis at the end of their reporting period. An external evaluator verified a sample of their stories. The stories that weren’t selected can still be used as data.
In addition to reporting, the team found that stories can be used to:
- Improve planning
- Help explain a point to a participant
- Recruit new participants
- Help explain a point to another member of staff
- Improve public relations.
Activity: Reflect on the process
In the discussion area below, please post 2-3 sentences about your experience of choosing the most significant story. Here are some questions to guide you:
- Did you immediately know which was ‘the one’ or did you change your mind a few times?
- How did you finally decide within your group?
- Was it easy to reach consensus, or did everyone make different choices for different reasons?