Now that you have identified a case study, you will want to narrow your focus to just one and gather some preliminary information about the story.  To do this, you will need to conduct some preliminary research from newspapers, press releases, professional magazines, websites, and organizational documents.  As you locate sources that report the details of your case study, the pieces of the story will start to fit together.

Feedback from case study: Just be careful to remain objective.  Discuss the intent, the process, the controversies, and the lessons learned, but do it without taking a position on whether or not it was a “good” policy.

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Conduct some independent research to locate at least three (3) reliable sources that discuss or report on your case study.  You will want to search newspapers, press releases, professional magazines, websites, and organizational or governmental websites and documents.  As you locate sources that report the details of your case study, the pieces of the story will start to fit together.

In your assignment, objectively (without bias) address the following areas and use the following bold subheadings to organize your writing:

Title Page: Include an APA formatted title page with your name and a working (or temporary) title for your paper. Follow the format of the American Psychological Association (APA) guide

Sources: List three (3) properly formatted APA citations for the sources you found that report on the facts of your case study. If you are in doubt of how to properly format your references, refer to the American Psychological Association guide

Date:  When will you begin and end the story?  Give specific dates.

Date Justification:  Explain your rationale for the dates you have chosen.

Context:  Explain the bigger picture of what was happening at the time and place of the case study so the reader can understand the historical, demographic, economic, political, or other environmental factors in play at the time. Cite your sources. (2-3 paragraphs)

Statistics: What statistics have you found that inform your case?  This might include U.S. Census data, academic or medical research findings, government reports, or any other statistics that are important to your case. List the statistics, the date of the statistics, and the source of the information in APA format.

Laws or policies: Are there any related laws or policies that are important to the story you are telling?  If so, identify them and explain the importance of each. Cite your sources.
Actors and Stakeholders:  Who are the key people (for example, elected officials, government leaders, public administrators) involved in your case study?  Who are the stakeholders (for example, clubs, associations, citizen groups, or non-profit organizations) that are involved with or concerned about the issues involved in your case? List each and discuss their perspectives and interests. Cite your sources.

Debates and conflicts:  Interesting case studies usually involve groups with differing opinions.  Describe the different sides (or debates) involved in your case study, without taking a position in those debates yourself. Cite your sources.

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