The 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) Technique: a guide to its use

The 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) Technique: a guide to its use

Guide to using the Most Significant Change technique

The most significant change (MSC) technique is a form of participatory monitoring and evaluation that involves the collection of significant change (SC) stories emanating from the field level, and the systematic selection of the most significant of these stories by panels of designated stakeholders or staff. In light of this, this guide aims to provide:

    practical help to those choosing to implement MSC for the first time
  • information and analysis for those who want to extend their knowledge of the technique
  • some insights for those doing research on MSC and related methods of participatory and qualitative research.

The guide is structured as follows:

  • an introductory chapter provides that gives an overview of MSC.
  • practicalities of implementing MSC and divide the process into ten steps.
  • guidance on practical troubleshooting
  • building capacity for effective use of MSC
  • an examination of how MSC fits into the program cycle and how it can contribute to program improvement.
  • an examination of the validity in MSC and how it fits with other approaches and epistemologies
  • an evolution of MSC: where it came from and where it might be heading next.