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Case Study Research and Applications


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Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Chapter 1. Getting Started: How to Know Whether and When to Use the Case Study as a Research Method Being Ready for the Challenge, and Setting High Expectations Comparing Case Studies With Other Social Science Research Methods Variations in Case Studies, but a Common Definition Addressing Traditional Concerns About Case Study Research Summary Notes to Chapter 1 Chapter 2. Designing Case Studies: Identifying Your Case(s) and Establishing the Logic of Your Case Study General Approach to Designing Case Studies The Role of Theory in Research Designs Criteria for Judging the Quality of Research Designs Case Study Research Designs Modest Advice in Selecting Case Study Designs Notes to Chapter 2 Application #1: An Exploratory Case Study: How New Organizational Practices Become Routinized Application #2: Defining the "Case" in a Case Study: Linking Job Training and Economic Development Initiatives at the Local Level Application #3: How "Discovery" Can Occur in the Field: Social Stratification in a Midsized Community Chapter 3. Preparing to Collect Case Study Evidence: What You Need to Do Before Starting to Collect Case Study Data The Case Study Researcher: Desired Skills and Values Preparation and Training for a Specific Case Study The Case Study Protocol Screening the Candidate Cases for Your Case Study The Pilot Case Study Summary Notes to Chapter 3 Chapter 4. Collecting Case Study Evidence: The Principles You Should Follow in Working With Six Sources of Evidence Six Sources of Evidence Four Principles of Data Collection Summary Notes to Chapter 4 Application #4: Doing Interviews in the Field: Citizens on Patrol Application #5: Making Field Observations: First Day in an Urban Neighborhood Application #6: Assembling a Question-and-Answer Database: A Case Study of a Community Organization Chapter 5. Analyzing Case Study Evidence: How to Start Your Analysis, Your Analytic Choices, and How They Work An Analytic Strategy: More Than Relying on Analytic Tools Five Analytic Techniques Pressing for a High-Quality Analysis Summary Notes to Chapter 5 Application #7: Using a Case Study to Compare Directly Competing Rival Hypotheses: Whether Military Base Closures Produce Catastrophic Economic Impacts or Not Application #8: A Nutshell Example of an Explanatory Case Study: How a Federal Award Affected a University Computer Department Application #9: An Explanatory Case Study: Transforming a Business Firm Through Strategic Planning Chapter 6. Reporting Case Studies: How and What to Compose Audiences for Case Study Research Varieties of Case Study Compositions Procedures in Composing a Case Study What Makes an Exemplary Case Study? Notes to Chapter 6 Application #10: A Multiple-Case Study Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data: Proposal Processing at 17 Universities Appendix A. A Note on the Uses of Case Study Research in Psychology Appendix B. A Note on the Uses of Case Study Research in Evaluations Application #11: An Evaluation Case Study: Evaluation of a Community Coalition's Campaign Brief Glossary of Terms Directly Related to Case Study Research References Author Index Subject Index

About the Author

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations. Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. The most recent such engagements have been with The World Bank, the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research at George Mason University, the Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes at the Children's National Health System (Washington, DC), and the School of Education, Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Yin has authored over 100 publications, including authoring or editing 11 books (not counting the multiple editions of any given book). Earlier editions of the present book have been translated into eight languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Romanian, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese), and a second book on Qualitative Research from Start to Finish (2016) is in its 2nd edition and has been translated into four languages (Chinese, Korean, Swedish, and Portuguese). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT.


"The book is filled with tips to the researcher on how to master the craft of doing research overall and specifically how to account for multi-layered cases."

-- Asta Zelenkauskaite

"Yin covers all of the basic and advanced knowledge for conducting case study and why they are useful for specific research studies without getting lost in the weeds."

-- Michael A Guerra

"The applications enhance the original material because it gives the reader concrete examples."

-- Claretha Hughes

"Yin is much more in-depth on case study methods both within a general qualitative text and any other case study text I have seen."

-- David M. Sprick, PhD

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