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The Public Policy Case Collection is a free educational resource designed for the use and training of public policy and development students and practitioners around the world. This collection presents audiovisual cases filmed on location in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, profiling innovative programs and initiatives, and exploring some of the world’s most pressing public policy and development issues. Full access to this password-protected collection is available via collection membership.

Cases are available for inclusion in a wide variety of online platforms, and educators have access to lesson plans and epilogues.  For CSO/NGO’s and local development groups who would like to use these cases for custom trainings and workshops, please see our NGO Support page. Please see below for other resources related to case use and creation, including the 2020 MOOC Creating the Case – Audiovisual Case Study Method and Creation.

“The problems facing the world today are incredibly similar across geographies – very often a solution developed in Mumbai can solve problems in London or Chicago”.

Professor William B. Eimicke

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CASES

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Data and City Management Cases

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From Compstat to Gov 2.0 - Big Data in NYC – This case examines the use of "Big Data" and technology in the delivery of public services in New York City. It provides a look at the development of NYC's open data movements, and includes interviews with Police Commissioner William Bratton and Michael Flowers, founder of Mayor Bloomberg's "Geek Squad". 

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City Services Across BrazilIn Brazil, a newly industrialized country whose democracy has been rocked by corruption and scandals, a group of private sector leaders have banded together to help new mayors and cities make their public services more effective and accountable through technology and increased citizen engagement. 

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Civic Tech in NY and Rio - Can technology create new ways for citizens to interact with government and become part of the solution to long-standing urban problems? This case explores the implementation of open data systems in New York City and Rio de Janeiro and the 'Civic Tech' movements that they have helped create.

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Technology and Development Cases

21st Century Digital India Cold open

 

Digital IndiaAn exploration of the world’s largest digital inclusion program, built on cross-sector partnerships between government, private business, and CSO's. This case asks whether India's Aadaar program will succeed in bringing millions out of poverty, and explores the complex privacy issues it presents.

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Telemedicine and eDoctors Cold open

 

Telemedicine & eDoctors – Web-based technologies offer promising opportunities to improve health services and lower costs. While the US is held back by legal and policy barriers, the spread of “tele-medicine” in India is an exciting experiment bringing online medicine to the masses. 

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Internet in a Box  - This student produced case explores an innovative program to bring the benefits of the world wide web to rural communities currently offline. A group of Columbia researchers explore how an innovative “Internet In a Box” device can support learning in schools in the mountains and jungles of rural Peru. 

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Digital Activism - Cold Open

 

Digital Activism This SIPA Technology, Media and Communications class project explores the ways that digital tools are changing politics and activism. The film profiles student political activists at Columbia and Temple University in Philadelphia and follows their work in the lead up to the 2018 US Mid-Term elections. 

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International Development Cases

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Aid or Investment? Development and Conflict Resolution in Central Africa The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda in central Africa are two countries that have been torn apart by civil war and conflict. Twenty-two years after the genocide that killed over 800,000, Rwanda has emerged with a vibrant economy, while in neighboring DRC, the civil war continues to undermine development. Is aid the solution or part of the problem? 

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Revitalizing Afghanistan Cold open

 

Revitalizing AfghanistanRural Afghanistan is for many a “perfect storm” where warfare and poverty combine to undermine development. This case asks whether a very different approach to aid, built on local community empowerment, can pave the way for success. 

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Conservation Agriculture and Global Warming in Ghana – Filmed on location in Ghana and USA, this report examines the debate on "conservation agriculture" and global warming. Can techniques such as "no-till farming" work in a developing country such as Ghana? Can they help sequester carbon from the atmosphere and help solve global warming? 

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Youth and Crises Response

 

Youth and Crises Planning – This spring 2019 Capstone travels to Nepal, to conduct field research regarding new UN protocols designed to include youth in humanitarian crisis planning. It follows the team as they discuss the response to Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, and how to best integrate young people into plans for future crises response.

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Sustainability Cases

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PPP's For Public Green Space  An exploration of the successful cross-sector partnerships of the Central Park Conservancy and the Highline in New York City. This case highlights collaborative leadership and asks whether privately run public spaces can work as a model to be followed elsewhere.

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Private Rainforest Reserves – Private wildlife reserves and sanctuaries have long been part of the conservation landscape in many parts of the developed world, but are less common in developing world contexts. This case explores two private rainforest reserves in Costa Rica and explores how they manage the contrasting demands of preservation and eco-tourism. 

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Off Grid Solar - Cold Open

 

Off-Grid Solar – This spring 2019 Capstone project explores how off-grid solar technology is changing the energy landscape in Uganda. It follows SIPA researchers as they work with local solar energy startups, and explores the issues surrounding creating successful businesses designed to serve poor and offline clients. 

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Climate and Food Security in Vietnam – This summer 2018 MPA-DP summer placement profiles the fieldwork of two SIPA researchers in Vietnam, as they explore the role of climate variability in food production. Their work is part of one of the first Columbia World Projects, and connects to similar research underway in five other countries. 

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Education Cases

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Schools of Tomorrow – Across the globe, countries have expanded free public education, but recent studies show most systems fall short of their mark in terms of educational outcomes. Filmed on location in the South Bronx, Rio, and Mumbai, this case explores global efforts to make urban schools work. 

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Impact Investing Case Study Series

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Doing Well by Doing Good - In collaboration with Worldview Global Impact (WGI), a New York-based NGO that promotes sustainability initiatives, the Picker Center is producing a new series of case studies that will examine this important global strategy from a variety of perspectives. The first case, Doing Well by Doing Good: 

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Measuring Impact - COLD OPEN

 

Measuring Impact: Metrics for Global Change - This 2nd case study created in collaboration with Worldview Global Impact (WGI) examines the effort to universalize and quantify the practice of social impact investing. As they watched the field grow to more than $1 trillion over the past decade, investors set out to answer a key question: how do we measure the social good delivered by an investment? 

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Cyber Security Cases

Sony Cyber Attack Cold Open

 

Sony Cyber Attack - This case examines how cyberweapons enable authoritarian states to stifle political opposition beyond their borders. In 2014, the major American film company Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced an attack on its global network and saw sensitive data leaked online after one of its comedy films took aim at North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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NotPetya Cyber Attack Cold Open

 

NotPetya Cyber Attack -  This case examines the vulnerabilities of private actors to geopolitical conflict in the era of cyberwarfare. In 2017, global trade went into a tailspin as Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller – Maersk fell victim to an act of cyber warfare attributed to Russia, which was seeking to inflict punishment on its regional adversary, Ukraine.

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Target Attack Cold Open

 

Target Cyber Attack - This case examines the role that interconnectivity plays in corporate cybersecurity. In 2013, the American retailer Target suffered a major cyber breach after criminal hackers entered the digital systems of one of its vendors, ultimately exposing the personally identifiable information of 70 million Target customers.

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Operational Collaboration

 

Operational Collaboration - This case examines the growing theory and practice of operational collaboration in American cybersecurity operations. Amid a growing number of threats to critical infrastructure in the U.S., there is a rising call for public and private actors in cyberspace to move beyond the limited cooperation of the past and better combine forces to secure strategic American assets.

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CASE METHOD

See below for further information and training on the case method and its techniques. For access to a database of nearly 100 additional Columbia University Case Consortium produced case studies and their accompanying material, please click here.

NETWORK

 

SIPA is part of the Global Public Policy Network, a coalition of leading public policy schools that offer advanced degrees in public policy in the USA, France, Germany, UK, Brazil, Singapore and Japan. All schools collaborate widely with dual degree programs and collective research.

 

 

 

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