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Protocol for case study writing

[Editor’s note: This post introduces a new material produced by Anne Lan K. Candelaria for Politics & Ideas. This case study protocol will be followed by an example of a case study written by the same author, to be published in January 2014.]

For many practitioners, the most familiar and most used format for presenting our work is through writing a case study.  Case studies emerged from the phenomenological research tradition which is concerned with ‘thick description’ of a phenomenon or event. Hence, to write an excellent case study, one has to weave a narrative from the point of view of his/her subject.  In the context of policy influence however, the narrative should be mindful of the policymaking journey and how the political (aside from the social and cultural) context informs how the outcomes are perceived and therefore appreciated.  Moreover, co-writing the story with the engaged policymaker/s can become a powerful device to add thickness and legitimacy to what is being told. The following protocol presents a process-reflection guide that is intended for policy purposes.

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