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Mapping social impact, assessing contribution and Sense-Making

MDF Training & Consultancy applies and adapts a combination of sound and proven utility-focused evaluation methods that are geared towards learning from social impact and fit the complexity of social change. We offer to demonstrate how the pathway of change towards impact unfolds in reality and what the significance of your intervention (project, programme or policy) has been in this. 

Our work offers you a reflection on your Theory of Change inspired by a variety of methods like: Outcome Mapping / Harvesting, Most Significant Change, Collective Impact Approach and Time-line Analysis. Through this you will gain clear insight into the expected and unexpected forms of social change that occurred well beyond your efforts and control. But mapping actual social impact is only the first step. 

Discovering the significance of your interventions is the next and essential step in creating insights on improving your contribution in the future. Methods like Contribution Analysis, Process Tracing and Collaborative Outcome Reporting are used to find the contribution linkages that connect social impact to your interventions. 

Finding these contribution linkages is challenging and can often be disputed. MDF Training & Consultancy therefore adds a third methodological step of joint Sense-Making. We believe that the participation of key stakeholders in a clear and transparent process that includes joint Sense-Making on how pathways of change unfold can provide satisfactory answers to any disputes that may arise. 

This method is specifically applied to analysing evaluation findings from different perspectives and to help deepen understanding and internalise learning from the evaluation. When empowered with clarity and agreement on the process and a set of tools fitting the nature of the intervention, compelling evidence can be found to confirm or refute the hypothetical link between tangible deliverables and desired long-term results. 

We can work with you to translate the evaluation findings into actionable measures that will empower you to make an even greater effort towards social impact.

Meet our experts

  • Expertise
    • Custom Designed Training
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management

    Maurits Spoelder

    Director Kenya office
  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management

    Saskia Brand

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Co-Created Training
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management

    Manon de Courten

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management
    • Resource Mobilisation

    Francine Egberts

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Advocacy and Policy Influencing
    • Custom Designed Training
    • Programme and Project Management

    Martien van Asseldonk

    Consultant / Trainer
  • Expertise
    • Evaluation
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Programme and Project Management

    Mike Zuijderduijn

    Managing Director
  • Expertise
    • Evaluation
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Programme and Project Management

    Michelle de Rijck

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Custom Designed Training
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Programme and Project Management

    Paola Fabbri

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Evaluation
    • Implementing Partner
    • Programme and Project Management

    Bart van Halteren

    Director Southeast Asia
  • Expertise
    • Implementing Partner
    • Organisation and People Management
    • Programme and Project Management

    Herman Snelder

    Managing Director
  • Expertise
    • Co-Created Training
    • Custom Designed Training
    • Organisation and People Management

    Josefien de Kwaadsteniet

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Co-Created Training
    • Evaluation
    • Organisation and People Management

    Jolanda Buter

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Implementing Partner
    • Programme and Project Management

    Kees van der Zanden

    Trainer / Consultant
  • Expertise
    • Co-Created Training
    • Evaluation
    • Programme and Project Management

    Irma Alpenidze

    Trainer / Consultant

“Not only was our donor very satisfied with the rigorous evaluation of our programme, it also gave us a lot of insight on where our own contribution is adding value, and how we can effectively increase the impact of our new programme.”

Our clients