CASE STUDY FORMAT
The purpose of the Executive Summary is to consolidate the principal points of your paper in one place. It must cover the information in the paper in enough detail to reflect accurately its contents but concisely enough to permit a public or non-profit agency executive to digest the significance of the paper without having to read it in full. The Executive Summary is a comprehensive restatement of the document’s purpose, scope, methods, results, conclusions, findings, and recommendations. The Executive Summary should be proportional to the length of your paper. For purposes of the Capstone paper, we recommend a 500-word Executive Summary.
The introduction provides the reader with background information for the research reported in the paper. Its purpose is to establish a framework for the research, so that the reader can understand how it is related to other research. The Introduction has multiple purposes, namely to create reader interest in the topic, establish the problem that leads to the study, place the study within the larger context of the scholarly literature, and reach out to a specific audience.
The review of previous research accomplishes several purposes. It shares with the reader the results of other studies that are closely related to the study being reported, it relates the study to the larger, ongoing dialogue in the literature about the topic, and it provides a framework for establishing the importance of the study. It can serve as a benchmark for comparing the results of the study with other findings.
This section specifies the type of research design utilized in the paper, such as the approach to data collection, analysis, and report writing. It should detail the context of the research, e.g. type of organization, jurisdiction, indicate how subjects were selected, e.g. random, key informants, discuss techniques for data...
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