Case Study

Topics: Case study, Evaluation methods, Qualitative research / Pages: 14 (3303 words) / Published: Sep 18th, 2011
P AT H F I N D E R I N T E R N AT I O N A L T O O L S E R I E S

Monitoring and Evaluation – 1

PREPARING A CASE STUDY: A Guide for Designing and Conducting a Case Study for Evaluation Input
By Palena Neale, PhD, Senior Evaluation Associate Shyam Thapa, PhD, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Carolyn Boyce, MA, Evaluation Associate

May 2006

P AT H F I N D E R I N T E R N AT I O N A L T O O L S E R I E S

Monitoring and Evaluation – 1

PREPARING A CASE STUDY: A Guide for Designing and Conducting a Case Study for Evaluation Input
By Palena Neale, PhD, Senior Evaluation Associate Shyam Thapa, PhD, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Carolyn Boyce, MA, Evaluation Associate

May 2006

Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank the following Pathfinder employees and partners for their technical inputs into this document: Emmanuel Boadi (Pathfinder/Ghana), Anne Palmer (Futures Group International), Ugo Daniels (African Youth Alliance (AYA)), Veronique Dupont (Pathfinder/Extending Service Delivery (ESD)), Cathy Solter, Lauren Dunnington, and Shannon Pryor (Pathfinder headquarters). Jenny Wilder and Mary Burket are also thanked for their inputs and assistance in editing and producing this document.

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PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL: WRITING A CASE STUDY

What is a Case Study?
A case study is a story about something unique, special, or interesting—stories can be about individuals, organizations, processes, programs, neighborhoods, institutions, and even events.1 The case study gives the story behind the result by capturing what happened to bring it about, and can be a good opportunity to highlight a project’s success, or to bring attention to a particular challenge or difficulty in a project. Cases2 might be selected because they are highly effective, not effective, representative, typical, or of special interest. A few examples of case study topics are provided below—the case studies would describe what happened when, to whom, and

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