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February 2020

ECPR Seasoned Scholar Workshop: Multi-Method Designs, Case-Oriented and Comparative Methods

February 13 - February 15
University of Bamberg, Kapuzinerstraße 16
Bamberg, D-96047 Germany
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This Workshop is tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD, and organised on a flexible basis to meet specific needs -- typically in connection with an ongoing research project they are managing (e.g. troubleshooting, arbitrating between methodological options, fine-tuning some designs, etc. It covers a broad range of case-oriented methods and designs (single case studies, process tracing, ‘thick’ binary comparisons, etc…), comparative methods and designs (small-N comparisons, intermediate-N comparison across multiple cases, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and…

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ECPR Methods School: Foundations of set-theoretic and case-oriented methods

February 14 - February 15
University of Bamberg, Kapuzinerstraße 16
Bamberg, D-96047 Germany
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This course introduces participants to the logic and foundations of case-oriented and set-theoretic methods. We discuss perspectives on causality, case-orientation in empirical social research, and the main features of set-theoretic methods. We will reflect about different types of research questions, evidence and observations, causal complexity, causal effects, causal mechanisms, and context. The course then covers basics of set theory, measurement and set calibration, logical operations, and the logic of necessary and sufficient conditions as set relations. We will apply these…

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ECPR Methods School: Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

February 17 - February 21
University of Bamberg, Kapuzinerstraße 16
Bamberg, D-96047 Germany
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This course introduces participants to crisp set and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its analysis in R. It provides participants with a basic understanding of the analytic underpinnings and steps of QCA, and enables them to independently perform a basic crisp or fuzzy set QCA (Standard Analysis). We will look at the origins, analytic aims, and variants of QCA, and deal in depth with techniques and practices of set calibration. The nuts and bolts the QCA technique, from…

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ECPR Methods School: Advanced Topics in Set-Theoretic Methods and QCA

February 17 - February 21
University of Bamberg, Kapuzinerstraße 16
Bamberg, D-96047 Germany
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This course addresses advanced issues that arise if and when scholars embrace notions of sets and their relations. While it is a course about set-theoretic methods writ large, most of the time, we will discuss issues specific to QCA. We will try and address all the following topics but, depending on participants' needs and interests, we can put more emphasis on some: set-theoretic multi-method research; robustness and sensitivity; set-theoretic theory evaluation; enhanced Standard Analysis;   data structures and set-theoretic methods, including…

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March 2020

Southern California QCA Workshop

March 26 - March 28
University of California, Irvine
$175 – $375

The goal of this workshop is to provide a ground-up introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy sets. Participants will get intensive instruction and hands-on experience with the fsQCA software package and on completion should be prepared to design and execute research projects using the set-analytic approach.

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Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis