Using ‘most significant change’ technique in Africa RISING project in Ethiopia
A number of lessons, success stories and even some negative change stories are expected to emerge from Africa RISING research-for-development interventions in the Ethiopian highlands. As part of our approach to monitor and evaluate the impact of Africa RISING innovation platforms, we plan to use the ‘Most Significant Change’ (MSC) technique in our monitoring and evaluation framework.
Higher level indicators from Feed the Future are being used as broad but key ‘domains of change’ to guide story collectors on the kinds of stories we seek. Monitoring and evaluation champions and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and innovation platform technical group members are primarily responsible for tracking and documenting most significant change stories around the domains of change (see table below). In order to do this successfully, ILRI recently organized a training workshop for local partners which, among other topics, discussed how to collect the stories. Lessons were also drawn from previous ILRI experience in using this tool.
|Domains of change||Stories can be developed around|
|Private sector engagement||
|Research and capacity building||
|Climate smart development||