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Single-Case Research Designs
Single-case research designs
Introduction

Single-case research designs are experimental designs that can be used to assess changes in a measured outcome variable. These designs are different to case studies as they are not merely observational techniques that record what is going on. Single-case research designs attempt to identify causal relationships by demonstrating that the researcher has experimental control of the outcome (i.e. by changing the experimental conditions, the researcher is able to control, at least to some extent, the outcome). First some aspect of the subject's state is chosen (the data to be recorded), carefully defined and reliably measured. The outcome variable is then measured and assessed according to an experimental design that aims to illustrate certain effects (typical designs include the return to baseline ...

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