As an NGO, you have often come across the need to write a case study. This could be either for the purpose of documenting a report, doing a research, developing a proposal or simply because you have come across an interesting incident relating to your work and you would like to capture it in words for sharing it with others.
Although a case study can be about anything or it could be written in different styles, NGOs often look for a proper format to present a story. Here we are providing a quick guide where NGOs can easily understand why is necessary to write a case study, when can a case study be written and more importantly, how to write a case study.
A case study can be described as “a study of a unique incident relating to an individual or a group or a community or any other entity.” The incident can either express a problem that needs to be addressed or it could be a story of success that has to be shared and publicized. In most cases, the case study is unique relating to a single individual, group or any other entity but it can carry the power of representing facts of a whole area.
For example, if you come across a case of a woman who has suffered severe injuries due to domestic violence and nobody has protested about it in your project area, you would quickly understand that this case could be representing a condition commonly prevalent in the area. You would then think of writing down this case to reflect the conditions of entire women community in the area.
A case study is an analysis of problem or a success story being faced by an individual or a group of persons or a community, events, projects, government policies, institutions etc. The problem or the success can be small that is area specific or can prevail in the entire country or continent.
Below are the important reasons listed out for writing a case study especially in context of NGOs:
- A case study gives an interesting overview of the existing problem or a success story.
- It attracts the attention of the lay person who will be able to understand the problem or success in the format of a story.
- It could be an important document for raising funds or mobilizing resources for NGOs
- It gives a strong evidence for the problem you are trying to make someone understand or a success you want to publicize.
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