Rick’s Methods:

This section of the website focuses on a small number of methods that I have been trying to develop over the years: (But please note: my approach to M&E is not limited to these methods)

  • Most Significant Change (MSC): A method of monitoring and evaluating change without the use of indicators
  • The Basic Necessities Survey (BNS): A democratic and rights based approach to the measurement of poverty. Simple and easy to use.
  • Hierarchical Card Sorting (HCS): A simple method of eliciting and documenting people’s informal and tacit knowledge. Useful for managing and evaluating portfolios of projects/partners, stakeholder analysis, and scenario planning.
  • Evolving storylines: A participatory method of developing multiple alternative views of the future, or interpretations of the past.
  • Network models: An alternative approach to representing theories of change (and what is actually happening), especially as captured by the Logical Framework
  • Weighted checklists: A participatory means of measuring complex change. In place of simplistic use of single indicators.
  • Participatory aggregation of qualitative information: How to use network visualisation software to aggregate and explore categories-in-use by multiple participants (found via  pile/card sorting exercises). And how to build up a collective Theory-of-Change from the individual perspectives of multiple stakeholders
  • Prediction matrices (for building and testing complex predictions)
  • Coming soon: Matrix performance measures (when single measures wont do)

The “Rick on the Road” blog also contains many other postings on new methods and approaches, some of which have been developed more than others.

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