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June 2019

Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

June 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019
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, 2019 - June 19, 2019
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, 2019 - June 28, 2019
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, 2019 - August 23, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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December 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop on Coincidence Analysis (12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination & Implementation in Health)

December 4, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Crystal Gateway Marriott (Arlington, VA), 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Free with conference registration

This workshop will introduce Coincidence Analysis (CNA), a relatively new member within the family of Configurational Comparative Methods.  CNA is specifically designed to analyze causal complexity, which is common in implementation research. Presenters will discuss the types of studies for which CNA is useful, provide worked examples of applying CNA to datasets, and share practical resources for using CNA.  Participants will learn how CNA works through hands-on exercises involving Boolean algebra, the bottom-up algorithm used by CNA and model performance…

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7th International QCA Expert Workshop

December 10, 2019 - December 11, 2019
ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101
Zurich, Switzerland
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The 7th International QCA Expert Workshop provides a venue for experienced QCA researchers to discuss the latest and most important developments around QCA. The workshop focuses exclusively on methodological and conceptual advances around QCA, not on applications of QCA in empirical research. We expect all participants to actively participate in the program. In order to allow for active participation among researchers with diverse academic backgrounds, the number of participants is limited. If you’re working on a project which you think…

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3rd International QCA Paper Development Workshop 2019

December 11, 2019
ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101
Zurich, Switzerland
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The International QCA Paper Development Workshop 2019 (ETH Zurich, Wednesday/Thursday, 11./12. December 2019) provides a unique platform for researchers working on papers involving QCA to meet QCA experts, get feedback on their on-going research, and learn about the latest methodological developments in QCA. The workshop is interdisciplinary and interactive and allows for in-depth discussions and individual feedback from internationally renowned QCA scholars. We invite submission of abstracts from researchers applying QCA in various domains (e.g., sociology, political science, management, evaluation…

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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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