Table 9

Stake's checklist for assessing the quality of a case study report[8]

1. Is this report easy to read?

2. Does it fit together, each sentence contributing to the whole?

3. Does this report have a conceptual structure (i.e. themes or issues)?

4. Are its issues developed in a series and scholarly way?

5. Is the case adequately defined?

6. Is there a sense of story to the presentation?

7. Is the reader provided some vicarious experience?

8. Have quotations been used effectively?

9. Are headings, figures, artefacts, appendices, indexes effectively used?

10. Was it edited well, then again with a last minute polish?

11. Has the writer made sound assertions, neither over- or under-interpreting?

12. Has adequate attention been paid to various contexts?

13. Were sufficient raw data presented?

14. Were data sources well chosen and in sufficient number?

15. Do observations and interpretations appear to have been triangulated?

16. Is the role and point of view of the researcher nicely apparent?

17. Is the nature of the intended audience apparent?

18. Is empathy shown for all sides?

19. Are personal intentions examined?

20. Does it appear individuals were put at risk?

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