Discussion on External Validity

External Validity The third test deals with the problem of knowing whether a study’s findings are generalizable beyond the immediate study. For case studies, the issue relates directly to the earlier discussion of analytic generalization and the reference to Level Two in Figure 2.2. To repeat a key point from the earlier discussion, referring to statistical generalization and any analogy… Continue reading Discussion on External Validity

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Case Study Research Designs

Case Study Research Designs Traditional case study research has not usually included the idea of having formal designs, as might be found when doing survey or experimental research. You still may successfully conduct a new case study without any formal design. However, attending to the potential case study research designs can make your case studies… Continue reading Case Study Research Designs

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A Sociology of Mistake discussion

  A Sociology of “Mistake” The tragic loss of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, vividly shown in repeated TV replays of the spaceship’s final seconds, certainly qualifies as a unique case. The causes of this loss became the subject of a Presidential Commission and of a case study by Diane Vaughan (2016). Vaughan’s detailed study shows… Continue reading A Sociology of Mistake discussion

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Discussion on Construct Validity

Construct Validity This first test is especially challenging in case study research. People who have been critical of case studies often point to the fact that a case study researcher fails to develop a sufficiently operational set of measures and that “subjective” judgments—ones tending to confirm a researcher’s preconceived notions (Flyvbjerg, 2006; Ruddin, 2006)—are used… Continue reading Discussion on Construct Validity

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 Contribution to Urban Planning

 Contribution to Urban Planning The third example is Jane Jacobs and her famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961). The book is based mostly on experiences from a single-case, New York City. The book’s chapters then show how these New York experiences can be used to develop broader theoretical principles in urban planning,… Continue reading  Contribution to Urban Planning

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Establishing the Rationale for a Multiple Case Study

Establishing the Rationale for a Multiple-Case Study Develop some preliminary ideas about a “case” for your case study. Alternatively, focus on one of the single-case studies presented in the BOXES in this book. In either situation, now think of a companion “case” that might augment the single-case. In what ways might the companion case’s findings… Continue reading Establishing the Rationale for a Multiple Case Study

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Contrasting Cases for Community Building

Contrasting Cases for Community Building Chaskin (2001) used two case studies to illustrate contrasting strategies for capacity building at the neighborhood level. The author’s overall conceptual framework, which was the main topic of inquiry, claimed that there could be two approaches to building community capacity—using a collaborative organization to (a) reinforce existing networks of community… Continue reading Contrasting Cases for Community Building

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