JSGS Policy Case Competition
What is a case competition?
Case competitions are valuable experiential learning opportunities for students to test their knowledge in a simulated grouprole play scenario. Each team reviews a policy-related case study, and presents their recommendations to a panel of judges within an allocated timeframe.
The top students from the JSGS Internal Case Competition go on to represent the school in the National Policy Case Competition. The Case Competition is open to all current JSGS students, though only those who participate in the Internal Competition are eligible to be selected for the National Policy Case Competition.
How does it work?
On competition day, teams are announced just before the start of their deliberation period (deliberation start times are staggered and start thirty minutes apart). Each team is given the same case study, a laptop and a “kit” which contains all supplies that they might require on that day. Each team will have two hours to examine the case and prepare their presentation. Teams will be assigned coaches (JSGS faculty) who will offer assistance regarding process (not content) twice during the deliberation process, for a total of 30 minutes. At the end of the two hour deliberation period, each team will have 20 minutes to make their presentation to a panel of judges. Teams are encouraged to sit in the audience to listen to the remaining presentations once their presentation is complete. Once all teams have presented, the judges will deliberate. The winners of the case competition will be announced during the cocktail reception that follows the last presentation.
How do I get involved?
All students must express their interest in participating in the case competition by registering online (see JSGS events calendar). Six teams are created based on these submissions. If more than 24 applications are received, participants are confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.
Why should I get involved?
This is an experiential learning opportunity – a simulation of real world policy development through role play.
This is a social / development opportunity – a chance to network with other students and judges, and to combine your strengths and practice co-operative problem solving.
This is a skills development opportunity – a chance to exercise and improve your analytical and presentation skills.
This is an opportunity for you to become a member of the JSGS National team. You will network with other graduate students, coaches and judges who represent the public, private and academic sectors from across Canada.
Transportation and refreshments
JSGS will provide same-day round trip transportation by charter bus to the hosting campus for competing students from the visiting campus, and those who wish to view the team presentations. Lunch will be provided for all competitors, judges and volunteers.
Volunteers are an integral part of running the Case Competition smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen Jaster-Laforge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Internal Case Competition
Please review this slideshow for further details on how the competition works, how to prepare your presentation, and other pertinent information. Also, review the sample Competitor’s Handout from last year’s competition to see the detailed format for the day.
The members of the national team are selected by the judges, coaches and JSGS directors. The national team will be announced following the case competition. The 2014 National Policy Case Competition will be hosted by the University of Toronto on February 1, format and details to be confirmed. Travel and accommodation expenses for the National Team are covered by JSGS and by the National Competition.