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  • Writer's pictureClara Richards

Writing a case study for policy

In 2014, P&I published the capacity building document Writing a case study for policy, by Anne Lan Candelaria.

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. An example of a case study written by the same author is available here.

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