Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Case Study Awards

Open Call Begins: October 25, 2018

Submission Deadline: December 21, 2018 – 6PM (EST)

Award Winners Announced: February 4, 2019

Final Case Studies Due: June 15, 2019

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”) has launched a digital case library and invites applicants to submit a proposal to author cases for the library. A case study is a story about a real situation. It includes people or groups, issues, and sufficient information to re-create the situation. The Institute’s case studies are teaching materials, not research publications. They are written with clear educational purposes and designed to make learning both engaging and instructive. 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 $2,000 each to research and write a case. Applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal for writing a teaching case study using the Institute’s case template.

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 – descriptive and inquiry.

  • A descriptive case presents essential facts about a real world situation, possible solutions, the chosen solution, its implementation, and expert commentary.
  • An inquiry case provides a fact base about a real world situation and asks readers to diagnose the problem and advocate for a solution or analyze a decision and argue which decision option should be adopted. In most cases, an inquiry case does not disclose the real world solution, specify theory or frameworks that apply to the situation, or give expert commentary. That information is included in teaching notes as supports for instructor leading the case discussion.

Award Recipients will receive guidance and support from the Institute, write a descriptive or inquiry case using the Institute’s case template, and agree to publish case in the Institute’s digital library that is freely available to anyone. The writing process includes 3 drafts. In draft 1 and 2, the author will receive feedback on essential elements of a teaching case study from an instructional designer and a case writing expert. In the 3rd draft, the author will receive edits and feedback from a copy editor.

Award Application
The 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 biography for the author 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 main issue and characters of the case, connections to frameworks, concepts, policies, or tools related 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. Indicate what additional research is needed and the supports you will need to complete the research.
  4. Up to ½-page description of any prior experience writing and teaching with cases, if you have or plan to use the case in a teaching setting, and your ability to complete the case study by the due date. Please indicate whether this case has been previously published.

The author will receive the full amount of the award upon submitting a completed case study. The case study is considered complete when the author reviewed and addressed all feedback from the copy editor in the 3rd draft. Lincoln reserves the right not to publish the case in the Institute’s case library.

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