III-b Case Study Methods for Development Evaluation

Evaluations done in a development context frequently indicate the use of case study methodology, but to do so appropriately means meeting certain conditions. And although case study methodology is often useful in addressing evaluation questions, choosing the type of case study to conduct is as important as choosing the methodology. This workshop defines the case study, focusing on when to use it and what type to use. The workshop introduces participants to leading proponents and compares and contrasts their approaches. Participants learn what makes a case study, its different types, and considerations for choosing each. They will also explore qualitative data collection methods and software systems for performing content analysis. Workshop participants will critique examples of case studies and conduct several short field exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of case studies, either completed or in progress.