Case Teaching and Case Study Writing for Public Policy |

Case Teaching and Case Study Writing for Public Policy

Key Information

Programme date 12 Jun 2017 - 14 Jun 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

S$2,000 + 7% GST;

S$1,800 + 7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

S$1,600 + 7% GST (for LKY School Degree Programme/Executive Education Programme Alumni)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65)  6516 8697
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 12 May 2017

Programme Objectives

The workshop aims to enhance a public sector organisation’s knowledge and technical capacity by developing its own pool of trained case writers. It does this by helping the participants of the workshop:

  • Understand the principles of case writing;
  • Gain insights on participant-centred learning, and how case teaching is done;
  • Select and develop their case study topics; and
  • Document recent policy decisions in a way suitable for teaching and engaging future generations of public officers

Target Audience

This programme is designed to develop skills in policy focused public organisations and training institutions by developing its own pool of trained case writers. It is also suited for policy analysts, strategists, researchers who are at the forefront of research work in public and non-profit institutions.

Learning Approach

In discussing case-writing, the course addresses issues such as how to decide on a case theme and learning objectives, what material should be included and left out (or relegated to appendices), and how to build participant engagement into the way a case is written. Later workshop sessions will include topics such as how to write multi-player simulation exercises that have students play roles of participants in the policy situation.

Beginning on the first day of multi-day case writing workshops, participants will spend some time working on cases of their own choosing, and it is expected that many of the participants will come to the workshop with very rough drafts of potential cases. By the middle of the second day, the emphasis shifts more to the cases that they are working on preparing themselves. On the final day, participants will have an opportunity to present preliminary versions of their cases and get feedback from the entire group.


Kent Weaver
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University

R. Kent Weaver is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies programme at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University. His major fields of interest and expertise are policy implementation, comparative public policy, and behavioural approaches to the study of public policy

Weaver is the author of Ending Welfare As We Know It, Automatic Government: The Politics of Indexation and The Politics of Industrial Change . He has also coauthored and co-edited a number of publications including The Collapse of Canada?, The Government Taketh Away, Guidance for Governance, Think Tanks and Civil Societies, Looking Before We Leap: Social Science and Welfare Reform , and Do Institutions Matter: Government Capabilities in the U.S. and Abroad .

Weaver graduated from Haverford College in 1975 and received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1978 and 1982, respectively.

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