Addressing Complex Policy Challenges Through the Lens of Progress: The Value of Narrative Cases in Scholarship, Policy Making, and Journalism

Date & Time Sep 30 2022 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Michael Woolcock
Michael Kimmelman
Matt Thompson
Jennifer Widner
Audience Open to the Public

This panel brings together three people who have thought deeply about the use of the narrative case study as an essential tool for learning and for fostering change. Michael Woolcock introduces the use of narrative cases to promote better development policy making. Michael Kimmelman and Matt Thompson discuss their aims creating The New York Times Headway series, which explores the world’s challenges through the lens of progress.


Michael Woolcock, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Governmentand Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's  Development Research Group.

Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, he previously created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. He is the
founder and editor-at-large of Headway.

Matt Thompson, The New York Times, is the current editor of the New York Times Headway venture and is former editor in chief of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Jennifer Widner, Professor of Politics & International Affairs and Director, Innovations for Successful Societies, moderator.


This panel celebrates the release of a new book, The Case for Case Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2022), Woolcock, Ortega Nieto and Widner, editors.