Stories of change


The principal goal of Stories of Change is to learn how change came about in the lives of people. In particular, Stories of Change:

  • Provide a rich picture of the influencing factors (among which the project interventions) and enabling conditions that have led to the change
  • Help you to answer a specific research question (usually derived from the survey results or from a project’s Theory of Change)
  • Enable you to hear the storytellers’ voices directly resonating in their local context

How do we work?

  • We start by understanding the context and defining the overarching research questions.This lets us identify what we want to find out and how we plan to use these findings to improve our work
  • Facilitation of a kick-off workshop to define the domains for the study
  • Training on the Stories of Change methodology and facilitation of story collection
  • Participatory analysis of the stories
  • Summary of the findings in an Impact Report
  • Facilitation of a reflection workshop on the findings in order to facilitate learning, stimulate project improvements and define areas for further research

The Stories of Change process takes 3 to 5 months. The costs vary, depending on the number of stories to be collected, translation costs, local travel costs and interviewer fees. On average, 2 stories can be collected and written per work day.

Research team

Our team members have skills in research design, data collection, qualitative data analysis, training, research coordination and data visualisation. We can help design evidence-based interventions, hear the voices of the marginalized, streamline learning in programmes, collect data to feed lobby and advocacy campaigns and measure their impact, and contribute to external debates and knowledge generation.

 An application of the Stories of Change process in Mali

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