Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center

Developing a Case Study of Programs Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Resource 1: Case Study Contents

Guide 1:  This guide details recommended contents for an OVC program case study report.  Ideally, it should serve as a reference prior to information gathering in the field as well as during the report development.   This guide begins with a case study report outline and then provides details on suggested content under the broad categories of setting the stage, methodology, program description, program stakeholders, lessons learned, future directions and final touches.

MEASURE Evaluation conducted research on programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in five unique settings — two in Kenya and three in Tanzania. Case studies were the first phase of MEASURE Evaluation’s targeted evaluations and began the process of information sharing on lessons learned in programming for OVC. Additional evaluation activities under the MEASURE Evaluation targeted evaluation activity included an impact assessment and costing activity for four of the five selected programs.

Case study information-gathering activities included program document review; program site visits, including discussions with local staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, and community members; and observations of program activities. The primary audience for these case studies includes OVC program implementers in Kenya, Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa, as well as relevant policy makers, funding agencies addressing OVC needs, and other local and international stakeholders.

Suggested Citation: Thurman, T.R., DeMarco, K. P., Lavin, B., Littrell, M., Yu, S., & Taylor, T.M. (2009). A Resource Guide: Developing a Case Study of Programs Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Resource 1: Case Study Contents. New Orleans, LA: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of International Health and Development.  

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