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Comment by Naeem Ashraf on July 29, 2010 at 8:17
Thanks Pat, Jo and Giuseppina.

Your insightful and timely inputs are really what I needed at this critical juncture as I have to meet deadline to submit my article to a research journal and your feedback would definitely help me prepare arguments in response to blind review. I like Pat's advice of not labeling the study at all and Jo's hint about case study i.e. whether the projects that got financing under CDM were of the same nature. In fact in my study they were not, i.e. some related to generating energy or switching to less carbon intensive fuel while others projects were of green products production etc. Following this argument, method which I employed might not be called case study. Pat's advice of not labeling it at all seems a good idea in this regard. However can anyone tell me whether it is acceptable of not defining in concrete terms what methodology in a study is used e.g. ground theory, case study, ethnography or mixed method for that matter!

Comment by Pat Bazeley on July 28, 2010 at 23:05
A question you might think about is whether the label you use makes any material difference to the way you do the research? I doubt it does, and so you might even consider not using a label at all, but simply describing what is was that you actually did, i.e. an expansion of the idea that you were studying a process using multiple sources of data, Start by providing an overview of the design, and your basis for working in that way, and then work through the details of phasing, sampling, data gathering, analysis etc. The critical thing is to provide sufficient detail that anyone reading your report/thesis can understand how you arrived at your results.
As you can see from your experience, and the discussion below, names don't really communicate very much at all, given the variety of ways people interpret them.
Comment by GIUSEPPINA on July 28, 2010 at 22:05
Dear Naeem,
I am in accordance with Jo about the use of the book on Methodspace of Helen Simons's Case Study Research in Practice.
this book can help you in your search
Good luck, Giuseppina
Comment by GIUSEPPINA on July 28, 2010 at 21:55
Dear Jo Moriarty,
I think that the Mixed Methods of search are useful and right.
Good luck!
Best regards, Giuseppina
Comment by Jo Moriarty on July 28, 2010 at 15:48
Hi again Naeem

I think the key thing is whether you are looking at the clean development mechanism in a single or specific group of projects – which could be suited to a case study approach - or in a more general way, where it is probably not. The difficulty is that definitions of case study are so variable and some people use the term more specifically than others . As for mixed methods research, John Cresswell and Abbas Tashakkori are probably the most well known names but you will find that it has become an increasingly popular methodology in lots of fields – I don’t know how far this applies to environmental research!! Most people use mixed methods to describe research using qualitative and quantitative methods but if you’ve only used qualitative data then you could describe your work as a multi-method qualitative study of clean development mechanism. There’s a mixed methods group on Methodspace too for you to check out more…Good luck!
Comment by Naeem Ashraf on July 28, 2010 at 13:00
Bonjour Jo,

Thanks for your comments, I will definitely consult book, which you have referred, in more detail. However the definition put forth by Helen (pp 21 reviewed through Google Books) seems to suggest that I have employed case study methodology for exploring motivations and advantages of CDM projects. Let me put Helen's definition " case study is an in-depth exploration from multiple perspectives of the complexity and uniqueness of a particular project........ in a real life context....... It is research based, inclusive of different methods and is evidence led. .....The primary purpose is to generate in-depth understanding of a specific....institution." (Simons, 2009:pp 21)
However, It would of great favor if you could refer any author on Mixed Methods research.

Au Revoir!

Comment by Jo Moriarty on July 28, 2010 at 9:17
Hello Naeem

There are lots of ideas about what makes/doesn't make a case study but I find the most helpful distinction is made by, I think, Sharran Merriam who points out that a case study should be 'bounded' - that is, that technically everyone involved in your study should be connected to the same experience - e.g. all being teachers and students in the same school. Based on your comment, I think I would agree with the reviewer - looks more like a mixed methods study to me. I think I've seen reference to this book on Methodspace before but Helen Simons's Case Study Research in Practice is an absolutely excellent resource if you want to look at this further.
Comment by Naeem Ashraf on July 27, 2010 at 18:22
I have just completed a study on clean development mechanism (kyoto protocol), to inquire underlying motivations and advantages of projects. I analyzed contents of project documents, news papers, websites but made analysis and conclusions mainly on data of semi-structured telephonic interviews. Can this method be called Case Study Method (Yin)? I argued in the study that it is a case study method but need help to get out of confusion after receiving review of my study by one anonymous reviewer, who labelled it as qualitative survey.
Comment by GIUSEPPINA on July 23, 2010 at 20:41
Ahmad Salih,
I think that is good and positive make feedbacks useful in search.
They are much appreciated.
Best regards, Giuseppina
Comment by Ahmad Salih on July 22, 2010 at 10:38
Lysanne and Dave,

Thank you both for the feedback. Much appreciated.

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