We used the most significant change (MSC) technique on the occasion of a workshop held towards the end of a two years research project in the field of nature conservation. More specifically, migration patterns of both threatened and invasive plant and animal species under environmental change were assessed employing molecular genetic methods. The project had started with a first workshop to define the research questions together with actors from various regional and national authorities as well as environmental consulting agencies, being the primary users of the research results. In between, i.e. during research work, there had been occasional exchange with some of these stakeholders.
The second workshop aimed a) at presenting and discussing research results as well as b) at reflecting on science-practice collaboration.
We used the MSC technique for collecting how the various researchers and practitioners had perceived the science-practice collaboration in order to learn for future collaborations.
Because of the relatively small number of involved participants, we chose a very simple procedure. It consisted in four steps, the fourth using another method (world café).
From the perspective of the moderators, we wondered whether we should focus on changes or on stories (as stories may contain more than one significant change). Also, we asked ourselves what level of abstraction is useful at which stage of the MSC process.