1 How to Write a Case Study
What Is a Case Study?
A case study is a puzzle that has to be solved. The first thing to remember about writing a case study is that the case should have a problem for the readers to solve. The case should have enough information in it that readers can understand what the problem is and, after thinking about it and analyzing the information, the readers should be able to come up with a proposed solution. Writing an interesting case study is a bit like writing a detective story. You want to keep your readers very interested in the situation.
A good case is more than just a description. It is information arranged in such a way that the reader is put in the same ...view middle of the document...
Then the case problem would be to figure out how to solve this so the park is protected, but tourists can still come. Or, you might find that your selected site doesn't have many tourists, and one reason is that there are no facilities. Then the case problem might be how to attract the right kind of businesses to come and build a restaurant or even a hotel -- all without ruining the park.
Or your case study might be on historic sites that would interest tourists
–IF the tourists knew where the sites were or how to get to them. Or2
maybe your case study is about how to interest people in coming to your
country so they can trace their family’s historic roots (origins).
Once you have decided on the situation or issue you would like to cover
in your case study (and you might have several issues, not just one),
then you need to go to the site and talk to experts.
2. Interview people who know the place or the situation. Find knowledgeable people to interview -- they may be at the site itself or they work in a government office or company that deals with the historic
preservation. In addition to people who work in the site, talk to visitors.
When you are interviewing people, , ask them questions that will help you understand their opinions, questions like the following:
"What is your impression of the site (maybe it’s an old fort, or a burial
site, or an excavation of historic interest)?"
"How do you feel about the situation?"
"What can you tell me about how the site (or the situation) developed?"
"What do you think should be different, if anything?
You also need to ask questions that will give you facts that might not be
available from an article, questions like:
"Would you tell me what happens here in a typical day?"
"What kind of statistics do you keep? May I have a copy?
"How many businesses are involved here?"
When you ask a question that doesn't let someone answer with a "yes"
or a "no" you usually get more information. What you are trying to do is get the person to tell you whatever it is that he or she knows and thinks -- even though you don't always know just what that is going to be before you ask the question. Then you can add these facts to your case.
Remember, your readers can't go to your site, so you have to "bring it to them."
The Analysis Phase:
1. Put all the information in one place. Now you have collected a lot of information from people, from articles and books. You can't include it all. So, you need to think about how to sort through it, take out the excess, and arrange it so that the situation at the case site will be understandable to your readers. Before you can do this, you have to put all the information together where you can see it and analyze what is going on.
2. Assign sections of material to different people. Each person or group should try to figure out what is really important, what is happening, and3 what a case reader would need to know in order to understand the
situation. It may...