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Congrats to Faculty of Extension associate professor and CRSC affiliated researcher Dr. Kyle Whitfield (RPP, MCIP) on her contribution to the recently released book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach.

Planning Canada introduces students to the fascinated discipline of community and regional planning by exploring the diversity of planning research and practice in Canada. Featuring over thirty compelling case studies, this engaging resource illustrates the multidisciplinary and participatory approach that planners use in developing and implementing policies, plans, and programs. Practical and accessible, Planning Canada helps students think critically about the current challenges and opportunities planners face as they work to meet the diverse needs of communities across Canada.

Dr. Kyle Whitfield contributed a chapter to the resource, entitled “A Comparison of Cross-Alberta and Cross-Canada Health Initiatives.” About the chapter:

Scholars in the field of planning studying various aspects of the planning field, use the case study quite often as a research method. It’s used both in planning schools as a method of teaching planning theories, concepts, and skills, as well as a methodology in planning-related research. Although using cases to understand particular situations or events is well used in planning scholarship, little critical analysis or exploration has gone into asking why the case study approach is used and what are its benefits and downfalls (Mukhija, 2010). Even less scholarly critique has gone into exploring the implications of using different types of case studies in planning research.

Presented in this chapter are three types of case examples, all used to examine health initiatives in three different health planning studies conducted by the author (Dr. Kyle Whitfield). The three types examined are: the single case study; a study using multiple cases to compare health and social service initiatives in one province; and a cross-case comparison study of similar cases from across Canada. The use of these three case study examples helps form the underlying questions guiding this chapter, that is: why does the field of planning use “cases” in its research?, and what are the associated benefits and dilemmas? After investigating key characteristics of the case study method, this chapter presents relevant characteristics of community-based planning research (CBpR) as an investigative approach that can be used in planning scholarship as it aligns well with the underlying purpose of the case study research method.

Learn more about the book and Kyle’s co-writers or purchase your own copy of the book on the Oxford University Press website.

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