Jessica is from the UK and before coming to Australia she worked in the field of sustainable farming systems development in the UK, Mexico and India. One two-year role involved Jessica working with tribal farmers, developing an evaluation strategy for a participatory farming systems project.
Jessica's professional interests are in qualitative evaluation methods, evaluation theory, participatory approaches and action research. She has a PhD in program evaluation and an MSc in sustainable agriculture. Her doctoral research concerned monitoring and evaluation. The research involved adapting and testing a dialogical story-based tool; the Most Significant Change technique in an Australian public sector context.
Between 2000 and 2003 Jessica worked with the award winning Evaluation Support Team, Victorian Department of Primary Industries. Her role was to help develop the department's evaluation capability. In this work Jessica experimented with a wide range of evaluation approaches and techniques in addition to developing numerous evaluation training packages. In May 2003 Jessica became a partner of Clear Horizon and is an independent consultant.
Recent works include:
- evaluation of the Foresight project, Science unit, Department of Primary Industries
- facilitating the development of an overarching monitoring and evaluation framework for Oxfam New Zealand
- evaluation training and the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for Statewide Landcare Coordinators across Victoria
- facilitation of an action research project to resolve complex emergency issues at a community level, specifically concerning fire refuges
- development of a program logic and evaluation plan for the Lifetime Wool program in Victoria
- training workshops in evaluation planning and methods.
Jessica has also been held training workshops on the Most Significant Change Technique, a dialogical, story-based approach to impact monitoring for:
- Learning to Learn
- Oxfam Australia Community Aid Abroad and all their pacific and indigenous partners
- Oxfam New Zealand
- Department of Labour, New Zealand
- Fijian women's rights
- Australasian Evaluation Society International conference
- Centre for International Health.
- A dialogical, story-based evaluation tool: the most significant change technique (abstract)
- A story approach for monitoring change in an agricultural extension project, paper presented at the conference of the association for qualitative research Melbourne (PDF 188KB)
- Most significant change technique (PPT 248KB)
- Quick-start guide: a self-help guide for implementing the most significant change technique (PDF 167KB)
- Stories for change: a systematic approach to participatory monitoring (PDF 184KB)
- The most significant change (MSC) technique: a guide to its use, version 1.00 (PDF 1.3MB)
- The most significant change approach for monitoring an Australian extension project (PDF 71KB)
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