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Single Case Design Presentation


This assignment is meant to help you gain a better understanding of planning, implementing, analyzing and

discussing evaluation in practice with clients.


You will design, conduct and analyze a single case design using yourself as the “client”. As you think about

developing and undertaking this, be sure to keep in mind feasibility, measurability and time constraints. The

assignment will consist of the steps below and will culminate in a PowerPoint presentation due in Week 6.

Step 1: Goal Identification

Identify something that you would like to change or improve and explain the reason(s) for

choosing it. The endless possibilities include improving health, sleeping better, or reducing

stress. Please do not attempt to change anything that could negatively impact your health or

requires medical supervision.

Step 2: Objective and Dependent Variable

This critical step involves narrowing your goal down to a specific objective and deciding how you

would measure it (dependent variable). If the goal is to sleep better, the objective might be to

get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and then the number of hours slept at night could be the

dependent variable. If the goal is to improve health, the objective might be to lose 5 pounds and

the dependent variable could be weight.

Step 3: Intervention

You could implement multiple interventions to reach your objective and begin

to accomplish your goal, but you will identify and choose one for this assignment. If you chose

to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, you might choose guided meditation as the

intervention. If you chose to lose 5 pounds, you might choose to eliminate sugary drinks from

your diet as the intervention.

Step 4: Implementation, Monitoring, and Data Gathering Plan

For whichever intervention you select, you will develop a plan to carry it out and collect

the necessary data. This must include how you will monitor the implementation of the intervention (e.g.,

what is the strategy for completing the intervention) and the plan for collecting data on the

dependent variable.

Step 5: Design Type and Data Illustration

Identify the type of design that you have chosen for your study; it will likely be an AB, B, or B+

design (see Chapter 13 Rubin & Babbie). Briefly explain the reason(s) you chose that design.

Create a graph or table (do not hand draw) which visually depicts the data on the dependent

variable you selected, being sure to use appropriate labeling and indicate the point at which the

intervention was introduced (if you have an A phase). You may also choose to visually depict

other data you may have collected, but this is not required.

Step 6: Data Analysis and Findings

Describe what you would conclude about your intervention and findings. Was it effective? Why

or why not? What obstacles did you encounter during the study, and what threats to internal

validity (see Chapter 16 of text) may have impacted the results? What would you do differently if

you were to do this again?

PowerPoint Presentation: Your presentation should include all aspects of the assignment and should be

approximately 10 minutes in length. You must incorporate at least three professional references into your

assignment. Professional references can include the textbook(s), assigned readings and resources,

appropriate government, organizational, or professional publications, reports and websites.


For grading criteria, refer to the attached Single Case Design Rubric.


Please submit the assignment by Friday 11:59 PM, CT of week 6.

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