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March 2019

Southern California QCA Workshop

March 28 - March 30
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-theoretic approach.

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May 2019

2nd International QCA Summer Workshops

May 22 - May 24
Antwerp Management School, Boogkeers 5
Antwerp, 2000
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The 2nd International QCA Summer Workshops consist of a sequence of three workshops: an Advanced applications workshop (22 May) in which users with at least intermediate-level knowledge of QCA receive more advanced feedback on their work-in-progress from QCA experts; (2) an invitation-only Expert workshop (23 May) gathering QCA experts and developers so as to make progress on some QCA innovation fronts; (3) a Paper development workshop (24 May) in which early-stage users receive expert guidance on their first QCA application.…

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June 2019

Comparative Case Study Design

June 3 - June 7
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus Exeter, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map
£300 – £600

Description: This module provides you with the skills needed to design your qualitative case study research. It covers concept formation, casing and case selection, logics and strategies of comparison, accounting for context and time, data collection strategies, and both conceptual and research-practical issues such as limited diversity, Galton’s problem, conceptual stretching, and thinking about scope conditions. In the lab sessions, we will work extensively with you on your own research projects. The logic and goals of qualitative comparative case study…

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Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

June 10 - June 14
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus Exeter, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map
£300 – £600

This module introduces you to the nuts and bolts of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), an innovative set-theoretic technique that allows for comparisons of small, intermediate or large numbers of cases in order to identify necessary and / or sufficient conditions for an outcome. It is an attractive method for scholars who seek to model causally complex patterns and integrate in-depth case knowledge at all stages of the analysis. We will introduce you to performing QCA with the freely available R…

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

June 17 - June 19
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI United States + Google Map
$1500 – $2800

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. The method is now widely used in different disciplines including political science, sociology, public administration, public health, medical research, organization and management research. The course introduces participants to the principles and techniques of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) on a methodological and an applied dimension using RStudio. At the…

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Panel on Case-Oriented and Set-Theoretic Approaches to Comparative Policy Analysis, 4th International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4)

June 26 - June 28
University of Concordia Montreal, Canada + Google Map

Recent years have seen an impressive proliferation of set-theoretic and case-oriented methods in comparative policy analysis in general (see e.g. Rihoux et al. 2011; Thomann 2019), and in policy implementation and evaluation research in particular (Gerrits and Verweij 2018; Pattyn et al. 2017). Case-oriented and set-theoretic approaches to comparative policy analysis, including but not limited to methods such as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Coincidence Analysis (CNA, explanatory typologies, and comparative process tracing, are designed to address the challenges of contemporary…

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August 2019

Short Course on Qualitative Comparative Analysis, 23rd Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods

August 19 - August 23
Università della Svizzera Italiana, Via Buffi 13
Lugano, 6900 Switzerland
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700CHF – 1100CHF

The course provides participants with a thorough introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), both as a research approach and as a data analysis technique. In recent years, this set-theoretic method has gained recognition among social scientists as a methodological approach that holds specific benefits for comparative studies. The course begins by familiarizing participants with the foundations of set theory and the basic concepts of the methodological approach of QCA, including necessary and sufficient conditions, Boolean algebra, and fuzzy logic. The…

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October 2019

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in Research on Environment, Conflict, and Peace

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
University of California, Irvine
$295 – $395

A training on QCA will be organised by Charles Ragin and Tobias Ide during the First Environmental Peacebuilding Conference (October 23-25, University of California Irvine). The training will be held from 9:00-1:30 at October 23 and provide an introduction to QCA with a focus on applications in the field of environmental security and environmental peacebuilding.

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Training Day: Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA)

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (University of Manchester), Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL United Kingdom
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£140 – £195

Qualitative Comparative Analysis is a systematic method of studying data on multiple comparable cases from about N=8 through to large datasets of N=10,000 etc. The QCA methods firstly involve casing, i.e. delineating cases; secondly organising a systematic data matrix (we will show these in NVIVO and in Excel); thirdly examining sets of cases known as configurations; fourth interpreting these in terms of ‘necessary cause’ and ‘sufficient cause’ of each major outcome of interest.  We demonstrate the fsQCA software for QCA. A…

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