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
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.