A case study
Rationale, scope and key concepts
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This chapter sets out the reasons for undertaking a case study of the Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP). The study of the CVP provides a focus for examining one of the most innovative elements in the Irish social pacts that emerged from 1987. New conceptual tools are needed to capture the distinctive character of the Pillar and the different modalities in effect. Case studies are particularly suited to exploratory analysis of seemingly unique and unknown terrain, which applies to the Pillar. Yin outlines four broad types of study design based on this approach comprising: single-case holistic design; single-case embedded design; multiple-case holistic design; and multiple-case embedded design. In relation to the timeframe, it was necessary to limit the period covered by the study but difficult to fix an exact cut-off point for all organisations.

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