Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Case Study Awards
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Submission Deadline: Extended to January 2, 2018 at 6pm EST

Awards will be announced by February 2, 2018
Final case study due on June 12, 2018

Application Guidelines
To address the rising social, economic, and environmental challenges facing cities across the globe, planners need foundational knowledge and skills, as well as opportunities to apply them in real world situations. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (the “Institute”) is launching a digital case library and invites applicants to submit a proposal to author cases for the library. A case study re-creates a real-world problem, and asks students to walk in the shoes of public officials, business leaders, and citizens. Through debates, group work, and continuous feedback from educators and peers, participants develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues, analytical skills, and empathy for opposing views.

Ten proposals will be awarded $1000 each to write a case. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposal for writing a new case or to use the Institute’s case template to revise one that
they’ve written.

Thematic Areas
The topical areas of a case study must reflect at least one of the Institute’s four key issues: land value capture and the property tax, informality and urban poverty, climate change, and municipal fiscal health. You can learn more about the key issues on the Institute’s website:

Guidance & Support for Writing Cases
To ease the organizational burden for case writers and to provide a cohesive and unified learning experience for users, the Institute has created templates for two types of cases:

  • A descriptive case which presents essential facts of a situation and expert interpretation of it; and
  • An inquiry case which includes facts of a situation but shifts the responsibility of interpreting case content to the reader and provides them with practice applying what they know to a real world situation.

Award Recipients will receive guidance and support from the Lincoln Institute, agree to use the templates to organize and write descriptive or inquiry cases, and agree to publish cases in the Institute’s digital library that is freely available to anyone.

Award Application
Case study proposal must be written in English and include the following (11 point font, single spaced, one-inch margins):

  1. A cover page that includes the title of the case study, which case study (descriptive or inquiry) is being proposed, an abstract not to exceed 150 words, a bio of up to 150 words, and the proposer’s name and complete address, including phone number and email address.
  2. Up to two-page narrative describing the case, its relationship to one or more of the
    Lincoln Institute’s thematic areas, the intended audience, and learning objectives for the case.
  3. Up to one-page list of articles, references, links to websites with relevant information, and other resources (e.g. data about the topic or location, maps, and local contacts, experts, and organizations who can provide information about the case) that are readily available to support the case.
  4. Up to ½-page description of any prior experience writing and teaching with cases and ability to complete the case study by due date. Please indicate whether this case has been previously published.

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