One of INGSA’s core activities is to assist with the development or strengthening of advisory systems through capacity-building workshops.

INGSA is constantly developing a range of case study options. These broadly fall into a range of styles:

  • Fictional cases – These use imaginary scenarios to illuminate some of the complexity of the issues faced at the science/policy nexus. These are generally thematic and will focus on a specific issue, so search through the list to find something that resonates with your local context or aims.
  • Historic cases – These dissect real world issues and aim to providing a deeper understanding of issues that people might already be aware of. 
  • Sufficiency of Evidence Cases – These prioritise the question of who decision-making changes as the evidence at hand changes. These are excellent at underscoring the pressures faced by policy-makers in making decisions on limited information, and the issues facing evidence-producers to offer advice that is timely, appropriate and aware of it’s own limitations. 

 

All of these case-studies are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence. We encourage everyone to use and adapt these resources as necessary. If you are using any of our case studies, it is very helpful and appreciated if you send us an email to info@ingsa.org to let us know. This assists us in understanding INGSA’s impact and the value of the resources we provide.

We are continually building our case study library and welcome your ideas and support in developing new cases. Please send your submissions to info@ingsa.org

 

Fictional Cases

All of these cases cut across a range of major issues such as technology, health and diplomacy. We have tried to group these according to their primary theme, but be aware that appropriate cases for your need might be listed under other themes.

Society

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  • NEW Republic of Estrela – Internal Displacement, Climate Change and Planning
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  • NEW Midgaze – Armed rebellion and social reintegration of ex-combatants
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  • NEW Kassemble – Integrating traditional techniques in education to fight unemployment and poverty
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  • NEW Njagala – Youth and Social Media
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  • NEW Rawhitia – Healing psychological trauma after civil war through education
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  • Terremotia – Folk knowledge and the understanding of risk
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  • Orangeria – Mobilising social science expertise to reduce crime
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  • Ileojogbon – Legislating homosexuality
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  • Mulikamee – Fighting unemployment, emigration and radicalization
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Technology

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  • NEW  Gonswana – Food insecurity and new technologies
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  • Tangeria – Gene-editing and climate response
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  • Carboneria – Competing technology-based economic proposals with multiple stakeholders
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Public Health

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  • NEW Freudania – Youth Mental Health
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  • NEW Amplesia – Childhood obesity: science, economics and local knowledge – Asia variant
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  • Islandia – Childhood obesity: science, economics and local knowledge – Pacific Island variant
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  • Afristan – Health, Nutrition and Public Policy
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  • Swamperia – Future technology in the fight against malaria
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  • Nicoteria – e-Cigarettes as a public health strategy
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  • Panderia – Pandemics, panics and international borders
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Environment

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  • NEW Rhodécar – Creating jobs by valuing waste
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  • NEW AbronFuture marine resources in a post-oil economy
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  • Doumbelane – Mobilisation of water and land resources for food security
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  • Jibaji – Construction of a dam and governance of water resources
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  • Alterra – Air quality and energy
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Historic Cases

 
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  • NEW Shale Gas/Fracking – In Pursuit of Solid Ground: Understanding the evidence on shale gas extraction in CanadaCase Study by: The Council of Canadian Academies.
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  • HIV/AIDS – Duesberg, Mbeki and AZT: When contentious science meets contentious politics.
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  • Glyphosate – Regulating glyphosates amidst health, economic, and public concerns about Genetic Modification
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  • Fukushima – What can be learned about regulation, planning, and communication in an unfolding emergency?
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  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Transferable model or cautionary tale?
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Sufficiency of Evidence Cases

These cases comprise of various stages, over which the scenario evolves and changes. As such, participants are given sections of the case study at different points in the workshop. Discussion takes place after each section is handed out. It is recommended NOT to let participants see the case study in advance.

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  • Ostal – Waste, Land Use and Technological Development – SoE case
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  • Panderia – When Pandemic turns to Panic – SoE case
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