A data collection technique involving the examination of a limited number of specific cases or projects which the evaluator anticipates will be revealing about the programme as a whole. Case studies tend to be appropriate where it is extremely difficult to choose a sample large enough to be statistically generalisable to the population as a whole; where generalization is not important; where in-depth, usually descriptive data is required; and where the cases or projects to be studied are likely to be quite complex. See also case study designs, data collection.
are used to collect in-depth information about the experiences of a program on a single participant or site. A case study can simply be the story of one person’s experience related to a program
The study of actual events or conditions, at a point in time or over a longer period, and their interrelationships in the context where they occur.
This section offers logistics case studies from organizations, such as Amway, Boeing, Continental Airlines, Electronics Boutique, Evenflo, Harley Davidson, International Paper, Piggly Wiggly, Samsung Electronics, Sports Authority, Subaru of America, and UPS.
case studies are inquiry-based investigations into key features, issues, individuals, groups, events or concepts in modern history. They are oriented towards the problems and issues of investigating the past. Case studies in the Preliminary course are intended to provide students with opportunities to: study the various ways in which historians perceive, investigate, record and construct the past, the types of questions they ask, the explanations they give and the issues they raise understand, question, analyse and interpret sources.
Detailed studies of selected contaminants in selected hydrologic systems to address specific questions that concern the characteristics, causes, and governing processes of water-quality degradation.
Accounts of a doctor's observations and laboratory results of individual patients, which may lead to new areas of scientific study. Case studies do not seek to control confounding variables, do not take into account the variable nature of a disease, do not establish a method with control and experimental groups, and do not exhibit other characteristics of a scientific study.
involve a systematic inquiry into a specific phenomenon, e.g. individual, event, program, or process. Data are collected via multiple methods often utilizing both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
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Case studies involve the intense examination of a small number of entities by the researcher, where neither independent variables are manipulated nor are confounding variables controlled. Like field studies, case studies typically utilize questionnaires, coded interviews, or systematic observation as their preferred techniques for gathering data (Boudreau et al., 2001).