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Eval18 Session 1382: Whose Stories Matter?: Using Secondary Analysis and Meta-monitoring to Explore Power and Values in the ‘Most Significant Change’ Process 

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Most Significant Change is a useful participatory method for collecting stories from beneficiaries and field staff, but it can also be used to learn about organizational values. As we review and select stories, it is important to ask which outcomes are valued and who determines significance. This is especially critical as questions of power arise when donors organize story selection panels.

After introducing their story review and selection process, the presenters—from a human rights funder—will demonstrate how secondary analysis and meta-monitoring were conducted. This process included interviews with grantees, and coding all stories and participants’ remarks during the final selection panel. During this demonstration, the following questions will be highlighted:

  • whose stories are being told;
  • do themes or patterns emerge across selected stories versus those not selected;
  • do storytellers, grantees, and donors demonstrate different values during story selection; and
  • do storyteller, grantee, and donor values change over time?

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Demonstration session presented at Eval2018