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January 2020

International Winter School on Public Policy – Alps Edition 2020: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

January 6 - January 10
Aussois Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France + Google Map
400€ – 825€

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a set-theoretic method for identifying necessary and/or sufficient conditions for outcomes which is increasingly used in comparative policy analysis. Its core advantages lie in modelling causal complexity and enabling systematic comparisons to identify regularities, while integrating case knowledge at all levels of analysis. This course introduces participants to the nuts and bolts of QCA and its implementation using the most powerful currently available software in R. Apart from basic knowledge of empirical social research design…

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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 – CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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. Update: The workshop has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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June 2020

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

June 1 - June 3
Online
$1400 – $2700

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method that has become part of the toolbox in disciplines such as political science, sociology, public administration and organization and management studies. QCA can be used to answer any research question if one is interested in analyzing patterns of necessity and sufficiency in a group of cases, ranging from a handful to many thousands. This course introduces participants to the principles and techniques of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) on a methodological and an applied…

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July 2020

Complexity, Organizations, and Grand Challenges (36th EGOS Colloquium)

July 2 - July 4
University of Hamberg Hamberg, 20146 Germany + Google Map
€245 – €545

Managers and organizational scholars are increasingly being called on to deal with “grand challenges” and “wicked problems,” including issues such as poverty, public health, and climate change, to name but a few. One of the hallmarks of such grand challenges is their complexity, for as the EGOS Colloquium 2020 theme notes, they involve “an array of potential dilemmas, paradoxes, complexities, contradictions, and conflicts”. Such complexity is challenging and often surprising in both its nature and its consequences. Their interdependencies mean…

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Comparative Research Designs (1st ECPR Virtual Summer School)

July 27 - July 31
Online
£465 – £875

This course provides training on methods that enable a researcher to construct a solid and well-argued comparative research design (CRD) – any research enterprise that comprises at least two ‘cases’ or units of analysis.  We will cover multiple options, from very few cases (small-n) to multiple cases (intermediate-n) to many cases (larger-n).  By the end of this course, you will be able to write up a well-constructed CRD section for your project and to reflect strategically on your comparative research…

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August 2020

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (1st ECPR Virtual Summer School)

August 3 - August 7
Online
£465 – £875

This course introduces you to Qualitative Comparative Analysis and fuzzy sets, and their application in the social sciences, using the R software environment.  It starts out by familiarising you with the basic concepts of the underlying methodological perspective, including formal logic, Boolean algebra, causal complexity, and calibration. From there, we move to the central notions of necessity and sufficiency, and discuss ways to analyse these using parameters of fit and visualisation techniques. The core of the course focuses on the…

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