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Using the Case Survey Method to Analyze Policy Studies
Robert K. Yin and Karen A. Heald
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 20, No. 3 (Sep., 1975), pp. 371-381
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2391997
Page Count: 11
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A common feature of most policy literatures is that the bulk of the empirical evidence is embodied in case studies. This presents a problem for subsequent analysis. Although each case study may provide rich insights into a specific situation, it is difficult to generalize about the studies as a whole. The following article describes one means of dealing with the problem: analyzing the content of case studies by using a closed-ended questionnaire. The resulting case survey method allows an analyst to aggregate the case study experiences and to assess the quality of each case study in a reliable and replicable manner.
Administrative Science Quarterly © 1975 Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University