A detailed study of one particular example of a phenomenon which involves in-depth analysis of a particular individual’s behaviour.
A research method that involves the intensive examination of one person. go to glossary index
investigation of a technique used on a single person. Can lead to larger studies.
The collection of historical or biographical information on a single individual, often including experiences in therapy.
A case study uses real scenarios that focus on a specific issue(s). It looks deeply at a specific issue, drawing conclusions only about that issue and only in that specific context.
The detailed investigation of one or more organizations, or groups within organizations, with a view to providing an analysis of the context and processes involved in the phenomenon under study. The phenomenon is not isolated from its context (as in laboratory research for example) but is examined in relation to its context.
the study of a single 'case' - for example, a person, an institution, an event. How 'caseness' is defined depends on the logic of the particular research inquiry. For example, a nation might be thought of as a 'case' for certain purposes, even though a nation contains many people, each of which might be understood as a 'case' in some other inquiry.
Scientific study covering a single case or life, based on notes taken by observers or on published biographical materials.
an in-depth study of one individual or situation. The data in such a study may be recorded in field notes, typically a chronological account of both formal and informal observations. These notes are summarized and usually analyzed using some form of coding that identifies important trends and relationships in the data.
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A method for learning about a complex instance, based on a comprehensive understanding of that instance, obtained by extensive description and analysis of the instance, taken as a whole and in its context.
An investigation format focusing on a specific group, setting, and time period with the aim of studying and clarifying a unique feature(s) of the situation.
In-depth study of data on a specific case (e.g. a project, beneficiary, town). The case study is a detailed description of a case in its context. It is an appropriate tool for the inductive analysis of impacts and particularly of innovative interventions for which there is no prior explanatory theory. Case study results are usually presented in a narrative form. A series of case studies can be carried out concurrently, in a comparative and potentially cumulative way. A series of case studies may contribute to causal and explanatory analysis. BACK
An extensive study of an individual unit, group, institution, organization, or program. It provides a thorough analysis of the object being studied.
A type of qualitative research which studies one or a few cases(people or organizations) in great detail.
The detailed study of an individual unit such as a household, farm, enterprise or activity. It contrasts with the survey approach in which a number of units are studied. The case-study approach is useful for purposes of familiarization and teaching whereas the survey approach is more oriented to gaining information about the population of relevant unit.
An analysis of an actual event or situation. Case studies present "real" pictures of situations with facts, objective information, or data. Learners analyze the case study to interpret, predict, and resolve issues associated with the case study.
may be a piece of work carried out by students relating to facts or contexts drawn from actual art, craft and design professional practice. The results of the `study' (e.g. notes and conclusions) may be recorded in any appropriate form.
A methodology similar in many ways to an ethnographic case study. The case study involves the collection of data related to an individual or small group through observation, interviews and the collection of documentary evidence.
a careful study of some social unit (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that attempts to determine what factors led to its success or failure
a detailed analysis of a person or group from a social or psychological or medical point of view
a description and analysis of a specific situation or issue that is done by insiders and outsiders together to represent the insiders perspective
a detailed analysis involving intensive study of a social unit, such as a corporation or some division within it, that stresses upon the factors contributing to its success or failure
a detailed examination of an example of a 'class' of phenomenon that is not expected to provide reliable information about that broader 'class'
a method in which the researcher studies an individual(s) or some activity in a unique setting as intensely as possible
an analysis of a deceptive or manipulative public relations activity
an empirical study
an examination of a specific phenomenon such as a program, an event, a person, a process, an institution, or a social group
an in-depth analysis of a game or research project that emphasizes an innovation in gaming
an in-depth analysis of a particular individual
an in-depth analysis of one particular organization, such as a university, a business, or a community
an in-depth study of a single research subject
an in-depth study of a specific community, focused on a particular topic
an in-depth study of one person
an intensive, detailed description and analysis of a single project or program in the context of it's environment
an intensive study of one individual
an observation limited to a single individual
an observation technique in which one person is studied in depth
an opportunity to examine a moral dilemma or conflict in a hypothetical situation, though case studies are typically drawn from real life circumstances
a qualitative form of assessment, though it uses both qualitative and quantitative data
a report, usually written, that presents an event involving a dilemma or problem for consideration
a research study that aims at analyzing a phenomenon in its real-life context
a study containing observations about one subject
A case study is the report of a single example or event, such as an "interesting person" or an "unusual situation".
A time-bound study of a program, project, intervention, or social unit within its normal daily context.
"A case study is an idiographic examination of a single individual, group, or society" (Babbie, 1998, p.305).
An intensive study of one subject
An in depth study of individual unit - individual, group, institution, organization, or program. The case may be a individual, a city, an event, a system, or any other possible object for analysis. The advantage of the case study method is that it allows more intensive analyses of specific empirical details. However, it is difficult to use the results to generalize to other cases.
An analysis of a clinical situation where the focus is on the clinician's decision-making regarding a diagnosis and/or set of symptoms.
A written or recorded, detailed analysis of some targeted stress factor(s), for the purpose of noting success or failure to used as a benchmark for education, research, and/or planning.
an uncontrolled (prospective or retrospective) observational study involving an intervention and outcome in a single patient. (Also known as a single case report or anecdote.)
an in-depth look at good practice or a lesson learned.
An enquiry in which a small number of study units are investigated in great detail. Usually – but not necessarily – the study units are selected purposively.
an in-depth examination of individuals, groups, or institutions that is conducted and designed to result in a thorough and well-organized snapshot of the subject being examined.
a comprehensive description and analysis of a single situation.
An intensive, detailed description and analysis of a single project, program, or instructional material in the context of its environment.
A detailed and usually longitudinal study of a single learner. [61
Description of a real-life experience related to the field of study or training, used to make points, raise issues or otherwise enhance the participants' understanding and learning experience. These are particularly useful when no practical experience is possible within the course.
A research strategy that focuses on one case (an individual, a group, an organization, etc.) within its social context during one time period.
A formal written description of a business problem. Case studies are much used by business schools as a method of teaching management. Most case studies are of real issues that have been faced by real companies; a few are fiction.
case study research is based on the detailed analysis of a small number of examples (sometimes a single example). Case study research cannot usually claim to offer a representative picture, but in many cases this is not the intention. A lot can be learnt from a focused analysis of just one example, even if drawing broader conclusions can only be done with some caution. Cases are sometimes selected for what can be learnt from their special characteristics.
An observational study in which one person is studied intensively. See also single-case experiment.
A study of a particular situation or practice that illustrates a theory (e.g. better environmental management leading to business cost savings).
type of research which focuses on one subject, or person, as opposed to a group of subjects
A research process focused on understanding a specific phenomenon, within its real life context, generally involving multiple sources of information.
A story that describes a situation specifically for the purpose of analyzing and learning from it Used to organize a wide range of information about a case and then analyze the contents by seeking patterns and themes in the data, and by further analysis through cross comparison with other cases. A case can be individuals, programs, or any unit, depending on what the program evaluators want to examine through in-depth analysis and comparison. Development Leadership Network, Success Measures Guide Book GlossarySource web site
A way of learning about a complex instance through extensive description and analysis. The case study articulates why the instance occurred as it did by exploring the factors contributing to its success or failure, and what one might consider in similar situations.
A case study is a research strategy, sometimes likened to an experiment, a history, or a simulation, though not linked to any particular type of evidence or method of data collection (Yin 2003). It is qualitative research, as isn't often confused by laymen.