The Selection Criteria

Case Study Selection Criteria

Listed below are the criteria to be used by CAP Board reviewers for their selection of CAP Case Studies for presentation at the upcoming ASPA Conference.

• Background – Does the case study contain enough recent history to provide information on how the agencies in the case studies analyzed their performance and related information, identified factors related to variations in program performance, and used the resulting information?

• Outcomes – Does the case study clearly address whether performance and related information are associated not only with resulting changes in program activities but also to be associated with changes in program outcomes?

• Communication – Does the case study provide evidence that author(s) have established effective contacts within the relevant organization(s) to support the case study, and its findings and conclusions?

• Multi-Level Application – To what extent are the case study findings expected to be useful to state and local governments as well as to federal agencies?

• Logic Model – Does the case study provide some description of the logic model supporting the program, including linkage between strategic goals and performance measures and targets, and if appropriate, budgets?

• Conclusion(s) – Does the case study clearly articulate the conclusion that follows from its analysis of the use of performance information, and if appropriate, identify any best practices identified as part of the analysis?

• Contribution to Research and Practice – To what extent does the case study provides insights, lessons learned, observations, or best practices that would be useful in advancing the research and practice related to performance, management, and evaluation?