Directions; Please read the case analysis and follow the Case Assessment Checklist. Page Amount is 1and a half pages. I will upload the case analysis after I have chosen the individual to complete the assignment.
Case Analysis Assessment Checklist
I. Introduction. A well-written introduction succinctly identifies the setting, key people, and current situation. The introduction:
Identifies the setting
Identifies key people
Summarizes the current situation
II. Problem Formulation. To set the stage for action, a strong problem formulation explains what causes the problem in a concise, thoughtful, critical, and useful way. The problem formulation:
Includes essential elements of the case:
Incorporates attention to the presenting problem, why this was a problem, and the need to act.
Asserts explanatory relationships between elements in the simplest, appropriate way.
Clarifies why deciding and/or acting was difficult for the protagonist (i.e., decision maker) in the situation.
Impartial to strategies (i.e., it does not presume a strategy)
Frames the problem in a way amenable to intervention by the protagonist (i.e., decision-maker) at the time.
III. Contextual Analysis. A strong, comprehensive contextual analysis provides an argument explaining how essential elements relate, and justifying the problem formulation. The contextual analysis:
Is factually correct.
Explains how and why the facts of the case matter.
Attends to multiple system levels (e.g., micro, meso, macro) and integrates thinking across those levels.
Uses topic sentences that make a clear and sequential argument.
Provides support for each part of the argument using analysis of case data, relevant theory, practice/empirical knowledge, and/or ethics.
Attends fairly to strengths and weaknesses of the argument.
Offers a compelling argument.
IV. Alternative Strategies. After identifying a successful outcome, a strong set of alternative strategies will represent plausible options for responding to the presenting problem and underlying issues.
Identifies what a successful outcome requires.
As a group, the strategies:
Address the presenting problem as well as underlying causes.
Are unique and distinct from each other.
Are something the protagonist (i.e., decision-maker) can do or facilitate at the time.
Discussion of each strategy (distinguished by strategy number 1, 2, and 3 below):
Responds to all essential elements of the problem formulation.
Considers relevant ethical principles and legal and policy contexts, as appropriate.
Considers unintended consequences, as appropriate.
Considers why the problem is difficult for the protagonist at this time.
Considers strengths of the strategy.
Considers limitations of the strategy.
Provides adequate detail for understanding what the strategy entails.
V. Recommendation and Rationale. A strong, complete recommendation provides a rationale for choosing one strategy over the others presented. The recommendation and rationale:
Gives explicit reason(s) for choosing this strategy over the alternatives.
Is logically coherent.
Makes claims grounded in evidence (e.g., NASW Code of Ethics, empirical literature, theoretical frameworks, professional experience).
Identifies the primary source of the student’s thinking about this case (e.g., experience, intuition, values, beliefs, theories, authority, empirical research, previous discussions, or something else).
VI. Writing. Well written papers will communicate clearly, persuasively, and without distractions, and will appear professional quality. Strong writing is:
Concise, efficient, and appropriate length.
Respectful (e.g., person-first, non-sexist).
In mostly active voice.
Well organized (e.g., sentence, paragraph, section).
Uses proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF CASE ANALYSIS
Includes proper APA-style in-text citations and references, as needed.
Introduction Briefly identify the major elements (i.e., who, where, what) of the case.
Problem Statement Give a specific and concisely written formulation of the problem to guide analysis and problem-solving. Not a question but a statement of the problem. Usually no more than two sentences.
Contextual Analysis Summarize internal and external issues that created or sustain the problem (i.e., why). Depending on the system level, these may include: cultural, economic/resource, political/legal, organizational, social, and ethical issues, interpersonal relationships, and intrapsychic and biological conditions. Use and cite professional sources (and include APA-style references).
Alternative Strategies Identify three or more possible solutions to the problem. These solutions should be plausible, distinct and non-contingent (i.e., not interdependent). Briefly note advantages and disadvantages of each possible solution for addressing the problem.
Recommendation Justify your preferred strategy, explaining why you selected that particular one, how it best resolves the problem, and how you will determine its effectiveness. Be sure your recommended strategy can be plausibly supported by resources available in the case context.
Ways of Knowing1 Self-reflectively identify the source for your thinking about this case. For example, did you base it on previous experience, intuition, specific theories, personal values, authority, empirical research, previous discussion of similar problems, or something else?
1 Instructors may provide further or alternative instructions for the Ways of Knowing section that