The case study has been an integral part of ELF since its inception in 2014, as we have always encouraged to test validity of our ideas and to discover how our ideas may impact the world in real life.
Our aim is to give youths a taste of what it’s like to tackle issues affecting our country, and to come up with suitable solutions to approach them. In reality, policies can take years of research and debate to get from the inception stage to proper implementation. Even then, some desired objectives aren’t always met, but a well-thought out policy raises the odds of success. Our two-day forum aims to first show you some solutions already in place or being thrown around in academic fields, from the keynotes and panelists, then work on developing your own policy in the competition the second day.
Get ready to join like-minded peers in designing policies that will depend on your critical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills. Will you be able to convince others that your idea can stand up to scrutiny and the complexities of implementation?
The qualifying stage begins at the registration phase. Participants opting in to the case study competition will be tasked to answer 2 (of around 200 words) from 3 possible questions in the registration form. The essay will then be assessed against those of other applicants, and the committee will produce a shortlist of participants to participate in the competition on the day.
The competition proper takes place on the second and final day of ELF, and will consist of one preliminary round followed by a grand final. Teams are randomly allocated based on the choice of an economics and non-economics case studies. In the preliminary rounds, you will be given preparation time to go through the documents in the info pack given. This will constitute your only source of information (other than your general knowledge!).
At the end of the preparation time, you will be tasked to give a presentation on your case study solution, and engage in a Q&A session with a panel of judges. Performance in the preliminary round determines advancement to the grand finals, which takes place later in the day, but in largely the same format.
The case studies will be mainly judged on the content, relevance, presentation skills and the debate with the judges.
If you are applying for the case study competition, good luck, and we'll see you there!