Guide 2: In this series was specifically designed to aid stakeholders in gathering the information needed to complete the case study report. It begins with an overview of various information-gathering techniques including: document review, in-depth interviews with key informants, focus groups, and the direct observation of program activities. Suggestions on selecting focal sites for the case study and guidance on synthesizing information are also provided.
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 2: Case Study Fieldwork. New Orleans, LA: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of International Health and Development.