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Case Study Methods for Evaluators - Materials from SI10

Session Description: Case Study Methods allow evaluators to approach program assessment from a powerful and flexible design palette. While often heavily steeped in the use of qualitative methods, case studies also may include the use of quantitative data

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Focus Search - Session26: Case Study Methods June 2010 - AEA/CDC Case Study - O’Sullivan 1 OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Case Study Methods for Evaluators Rita O’Sullivan Evaluation, Assessment, & Policy Connections (EvAP) School of Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ritao@unc.edu or 919/984-7878 (NC) OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Overview - • Case Study Methods & Evaluation • Elements of Case Study Research • Guidelines for Implementation • Establishing Validity & Reliability • Strengthening Data Gathering OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Introductions • Introduce yourself : - Let us know what you do - Tell us about your interest in case study methods OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Case Study Methods: A research approach that can be used to investigate issues relevant to a bounded system OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study All Evaluations are Case Studies BUT (Not all case studies are evaluations) Typically case study methods are used in program evaluations to investigate essential aspects that require detailed explanations about program outcomes (See Wake County Case Study p. 6) OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Basic/Applied Research & Evaluation Research Basic/Applied Research Evaluation Research Researcher beneficiary Client/Organization Human Subjects Approval Evaluator Guidelines (IRB): risk assessment, no risk, confidentiality, confidentiality, withdrawal not necessarily withdrawal without penalty without penalty Peers Client, public, & stakeholders Design is independent Design with stakeholder input Generalize results To improve program Session26: Case Study Methods June 2010 - AEA/CDC Case Study - O’Sullivan 2 OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Case Study Confusion • Using a “case” as an example • Teaching with “case studies” • Case Study Methods (Stake, 1995, 2005; Yin, 2008) OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Case Study Elements • Describe the Case • Provide the Context for the Case • Propose Relevant Issues with Data Gathering Strategies • Select Samples • Gather Data • Summarize Finding • Report Findings OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Designing the Case Study • Identify a case that might be of interest to study • Provide the Context for the case • Suggest two or three relevant issues OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Design Choices ; Need for Rich Explanation Issue Complexity Lack of information about the Topic QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION QUANTITATIVE DATA COLLECTION LOW HIGH Difficulty around Obtaining Information OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Common Qualitative Approaches • Case Study Methods • Phenomenology • Ethnography • Historiography • Naturalistic Inquiry • Grounded Theory • Investigative Reporting OSullivan AEA-CDC Case Study Case Study Evaluation Crosswalk: ISSUES: 1 2 3 4 5 6 I


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Eval11 Session 257: Valuing Case Study Methods in Evaluating the Implementation of Educational Programs

Case study method has enormous potential to inform evaluations of school- and district-based educational programs specifically, as the institution of public schools in the United States represents a unique and diverse structure that compels careful consideration of contextual limitations and opportunities. This session will draw on implementation studies of two school-based initiatives to illustrate how the choice and execution of case study method can enhance the rigor of education research, particularly in a climate of increasing accountability and pressure to produce improved academic outcomes

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Eval12 Session 925: Success Case Method: Application in a CTSA Context

Case study methodologies (Yin and Stake) and the Success Case Method (Brinkerhoff) are key approaches to exploring in depth and detail how the CTSA infrastructure supports improvement in clinical and translational research

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Eval11 Session 257: Rayyes and Barela: Case Studies of the Implementation of Small Learning Communities in Three Urban High Schools

In this study, we evaluated the implementation of small learning communities (SLCs) in a large urban K-12 school district. Using case study methods, we examined three unique high schools implementing their distinct SLC models guided by a district plan

Rayyes and Barela AEA 2011 SLC Case Study.ppt


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Eval12 Session 961: Using Social Return on Investment (SROI) in the Ukraine

The report presents practical application of the methodology developed by Context, International Cooperation in evaluating the potential return on investment of advocacy programs through four case studies. The case studies take into account the potential impact over five years of the policies that were approved as a result of the advocacy campaign and investments that were made by funding agency including grants, technical assistance, level of effort of the staff of the agency, etc

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Focus Search - Step 2: Identification and selection of key stakeholders Stakeholders for each case study were identified


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Eval11 Session 569: Through Their Eyes: An Evaluation of a School Based Mental Health Program

This evaluation approach differed from the more traditional experimental approaches used in science to service studies of SBMH research and evaluation. By using a case study method, stakeholders' views of the program became the foundation for determining the program's impact and value

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Focus Search - Interesting addition to study not in original proposal