Over the course of the semester, you will, as part of a small group, research and present one case study of modeling and assessment for policy to the rest of the class. These are noted in the Calendar as Class Case Study 1–6.
At the beginning of the semester, you will let us know your top three choices and we will assign you to a group. The six case study topics are:
General instructions, as well as a one-page briefing with initial topic references will be provided by the instructors four weeks prior to your presentation date. One week before your presentation, your group will circulate a short briefing paper to the class on the case (maximum 5 pages single-spaced) as well as any additional background readings you suggest for preparation. On the day of your presentation, please prepare 20–30 minutes of presentation and discussion questions for the class. As part of developing this case, each group will meet with the teaching staff to discuss both substantive case study lessons and presentation plans. Your briefing paper and class presentation will be worth 15% of your final grade; your group will also be asked to comment on another's presentation (5%).
Your 5-page memo, and class presentation, should address the following questions:
In your memo, you should provide your classmates with enough background information to understand the basics of the issue, the technical analysis, and the decision-making process. You should also include your analysis and main insights drawn from the case.
At the conclusion of your memo, please include:
The reviewer group will have 15 minutes to lead class discussion in response to the case study group's presentation. In order to do this effectively, the reviewer group should coordinate beforehand, discuss the case materials, and prepare 2–3 slides to identify the issues they would like to raise with the class.
Potential areas of further discussion that the review group might consider are:
The teams have provided their case study memo and reading list as examples of student work for your reference.