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April 2021

Case study synthesis: Centre guide

Case study synthesis: Centre guide

What do we mean by case studies?

Practice-based case studies are widely recognised as an important source of knowledge and learning. They can represent an alternative, and complementary, form of evidence to scientific or research-based evidence as they illuminate aspects of implementation and outcomes in real life settings.

The contextual information included in case studies can be particularly helpful for practitioners, policy makers and funders wishing to learn about how to apply and adapt different approaches in other contexts.

Practice-based case studies can provide insight into the questions of ‘how’ and ‘why’ projects or programmes work in highly complex settings and often incorporate community perspectives and the narrative form can make them easy to understand and share.

Practice-based case studies report on the evidence generated from the implementation of an intervention in a real-life practice setting. They typically provide a narrative explaining how the
intervention was developed in that context and what happened, including the learning from those involved in the development and delivery of that intervention.

They are most often written by practitioners involved in an intervention, but can also be developed in collaboration with funders, third sector organisations or researchers aiming to  capture practice-based knowledge.


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