Evaluation Glossary

Most Significant Change Technique

Most Significant Change technique is a dialogical, story-based approach designed to run throughout the life of a program. The main purpose is to facilitate program improvement by focusing the direction of work toward explicitly valued directions and away from less-valued directions. It is also a form of continuous values inquiry.


Mathison, S. (2005). Encyclopedia of Evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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