Most Significant Change

The first cycle on maternal health outcomes and its subsequent evidence-based action planning at the community level saw many changes happening in people’s lives.

In September 2012, CIET designed an extensive field exercise to collect and document stories of individual and communal changes within communities. We adapted the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique to interview men and women about the “most significant change” in their lives as a result of our activities.

CIET sent trained field workers in communities across each of the focus local government authorities in both states to talk to people and gather true accounts of changes. Field teams talked to community members who had participated in community action planning groups and those who were enrolled for household visits. Field workers documented these stories against the story teller’s name and location.

After story collection, CIET team members sat together in each state and voted to select the most significant change story from each focus local government authorities. The selection panel selected the stories at two levels – individual stories of change and communal stories of change. The panel discussed each story in a transparent manner and debated upon its merits. Once they had finalized winning stories from each focus local government authorities, the selection panel met again to vote for the most significant change story from the state.

To read the most significant change stories, visit our voices page.