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This page informs about forthcoming trainings, including summer school courses, general lectures and methodological seminars.

If you have a workshop, course, or seminar to announce, please email Claude Rubinson. In your email, please include conference title, workshop title, date, location, brief description, fees, instructor(s), and web page link. See the below listings.

Roskilde University/Sino-Danish Center PhD Course on Comparative Research Design

Title: Comparative Research Design: Globalisation, Talent Mobility, Challenges to the Welfare State and Innovative Solutions

Date: 2018 Aug 28 – Sept 4

Place: SDC Yangquhu Campus, Beijing, China

Description: This course aims to provide PhD students with an in depth introduction to the basic elements of comparative research design at the doctoral level. The course goes beyond that of a sole methodological course by applying methods to practice through separate modules educating participants on issues of strategic importance for Denmark’s current and future academic, economic and political relationship with China. The modules will focus on globalization, talent mobility, challenges to the welfare state and demographic trends, while keeping academic focus on available methods and elaborating on comparative research methods that will allow the PhD students to strengthen and apply comparative research methods in their thesis. The PhD course will include exploratory, interactive workshops reflecting existing SDC funded projects, which will further build on the strengths of the SDC faculty and associates.

Fees: None. (Travel grants available for students enrolled at Danish universities, contact Shahamak Rezaei at shre@ruc.dk.)

Link: Course details

20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018)

Title: Identifying critical success factors of ergonomics programs. Necessary condition analysis (NCA) and its application to Prevention and Management of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Date: To be determined: 26-30 August, 2018

Place: Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy

Description: The first part is a theoretical lecture on NCA, demonstrating the application and practice of NCA. The second part is on the application of NCA in the field of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). The third part presents the findings from a study that applied NCA and two qualitative analysis to identify necessary conditions for successful outcomes for the prevention and management of WMSDs.

Fees: None (part of IEA 2018)

Instructors: Jean Mangharam (WorkSafe WA, Perth, Australia) and Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands)

Link: Course details

Professional Development Workshop at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Academy

Title: Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA): Logic, Theory, Methodology, and Applications

Date: To be determined: 10 or 11 of August 2018

Place: Chicago, Ilinois, USA

Description: Part 1: The logic of necessary conditions and comparison with conventional additive logic (e.g., regression). Part 2: Application of NCA in theory building and testing (including use of NCA software)

Fees: None (part of Academy of Management Annual Conference)

Instructors: Jan Dul, Stefan Breet, Henk van Rhee (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Link: Course details

ECPR Methods School: 13th ECPR Summer School, Budapest

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets

Date: 30 July – 10 August 2018 (30 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This course introduces participants to set-theoretic methods and their application in the social sciences with a focus on Qualitative Comparative Analysis. The introductory course is complemented by an advanced course that is taught at the ECPR Winter School in Bamberg. The course starts out by familiarizing students with the basic concepts of the underlying methodological perspective, among them the central notions of necessity and sufficiency, formal logic and Boolean algebra. From there, we move to the logic and analysis of truth tables and discuss the most important problems that emerge when this analytical tool is used for exploring social science data. Right from the beginning, students will be exposed to performing set-theoretic analyses with the relevant R software packages. When discussing set-theoretic methods, in-class debates will engage on broad, general comparative social research issues, such as case selection principles, concept formation, questions of data aggregation and the treatment of causally relevant notions of time. Examples are drawn from published applications in the social sciences. Participants are encouraged to bring their own raw data for in-class exercises and assignments, if available.

Fees: 944 € (with early bird + loyalty discount), 994 € (with early bird discount), 1170 € (ECPR members), etc. – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=531&EventID=125 ['early bird' discount until 20 April]

Instructors: Ioana-Elena Oana (Central European University) and Carsten Schneider (Central European University)

Link: Course details

ECPR Methods School: 13th ECPR Summer School, Budapest

Title: Case Study Research: Method and Practice

Date: 30 July – 10 August 2018 (30 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This course approaches qualitative case studies from the perspective of method and practice. The goal is to understand the advantages and challenges of the case study method and to detail the tasks involved in all stages of the research process. The course has three interrelated components (see day-to-day schedule). First, the lecture/seminar segments introduce a specific topic on a basic and advanced level. Second, “lab sessions” give the participants the opportunity to apply the new insights to their own project; this is achieved by discussions about the participants’ projects in small groups and among the entire class. Third, the assignment portion involves in-class discussions of short assignments (simple methodological questions) related to the participants studies and published case studies from different fields within political science. This helps developing an idea about how case studies are presented and done in empirical research. At the end of the course, participants will be able to implement sound case studies and to critically evaluate published research. The course also covers comparative case studies, advanced issues in comparison, causal inference and generalization.

Fees: 944 € (with early bird + loyalty discount), 994 € (with early bird discount), 1170 € (ECPR members), etc. – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=531&EventID=125 ['early bird' discount until 20 April]

Instructors: Ingo Rohlfing (University of Cologne)

Link: Course details

IPSA-HSE Summer School, St. Petersburg

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Date: 30 July – 03 August 2018

Place: National Research University Higher School of Economics Pushkin, St. Petersburg

Description: This workshop offers a comprehensive and application-oriented introduction into Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The topics of in this workshop will mainly focus on the following three aspects: (1) QCA as a set-theoretic approach to study social phenomena; (2) state-of-the-art application of key analytic steps to run a QCA in RStudio; (3) nesting case studies and QCA, and further innovative designs. In detail, the workshop starts from basic notions of QCA and its core foundations of set-theory, configurational thinking, diversity- and case-orientation. In a next step, we further elaborate on the idea of sets to operationalize concepts (calibration) and discuss different strategies for constructing sets from various forms of data. Following this, we will go through the main steps in the analytic protocol of QCA, i.e. checking for necessary and sufficient (combinations of) conditions. In doing so, we will highlight common pitfalls which might occur during an analysis, discuss strategies how to deal with them based on both methodological advices and best practices, and lastly summarize some core guidelines for applying QCA. Finally, we will discuss how to properly conduct multimethod research combining QCA and case studies as well as other advanced research designs. The workshop is highly interactive and application-oriented combining lectures and practical software sessions using example from peer-reviewed journals.

Fees: $300 for BA, MA & PhD; $400 for senior researchers ($350 early bird); see also http://ipsa-hse-school.org

Instructors: Markus B. Siewert (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Link: Course details

ECPR Methods School: 13th ECPR Summer School, Budapest

Title: Seasoned Scholars Workshop: Multi-Method Designs, Case-oriented and Comparative Methods

Date: 26–28 July 2018 (15 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This workshop, tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond the PhD and organised on a flexible basis to meet their specific needs, 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 neighbouring methods, typology-building, etc...), and 'mixed'/multi-methods designs combining qualitative, comparative and/or quantitative methods. Also attached to the workshop is a full 'package' of services (upstream & downstream from the workshop) from March to October 2018.

Fees: 2000 € (ECPR members), 3000 € (non-ECPR members) – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=531&EventID=125

Instructors: Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain)

Link: Course details

ESRC Research Methods Festival

Title: Mixed Methods: Introduction and Specific Methods

Date: 3 July 2018, 10:00 - 12:30

Place: Bath, UK

Description: This session begins with an overview of mixed methods epistemology and ontology, introducing triangulation and essential features of entities.A question-and-answer session follows. Next we have one presentation on a specific mixed-methods qualitative approach by the experienced community researcher, Punita Chowbey. Thirdly, Dr. Thomson and Prof. Olsen present qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), a systematic approach to tabulating and analysing case-study data. The QCA method also extends into fuzzy-set analysis where ordinal variables are recorded as fuzzy sets. In both QCA and fuzzy methods, we analyse causality in innovative ways. This presentation is at the advanced level, assuming some prior familiarity either with mixed methods studies of causality, or with QCA or fuzzy sets. You can sign up for any of the four elements, and there will be a coffee break from 11.00 - 11.30

Fees: TBA

Convenor: Wendy Olsen (University of Manchester, Cathie Marsh Institute)

Link: Research Festival website

Necessary Condition Analysis. (NCA) – Theory and Practice (1-day Quick Summer Course)

Date: 2 July 2018

Place: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Description: In this 1 day hands-on course you will gain an understanding of the logic of necessary conditions, and why these are important for social science and practice. You will be able to identify necessary conditions in an (own) dataset.

Fees: €250

Instructors: Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands)

Link: Course details

TED talk and workshops at the Doctoral Colloquium of the EURAM conference 2018

Title: Necessary Condition Analysis: Theory and applications

Date: 18 June 2018 (TED talk), 19 June 2018 (workshops)

Place: Reykjavik, Iceland

Description: Introduction to NCA. Theory building and testing with NCA (including software demonstration). Publishing NCA papers.

Fees: None (part of the EURAM conference)

Instructors: Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Link: Course details

3rd IPSA-FLACSO Mexico Summer School on Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science

Title: Comparative research designs and comparative methods

Date: 4–15 June 2018

Place: Flacso México

Description: This course provides an introduction and overview of systematic comparative analyses in social sciences and shows how to implement this method for constructive explanation and theory building.

It begins with comparisons of very few cases and specific “most similar” and “most different” research designs. A major part of the course is devoted to the often occurring situation of dealing with a small number of highly complex cases, e.g., when comparing Latin American political systems or particular policy areas.

New approaches and softwares have been developed in recent years (“Qualitative Comparative Analysis”, QCA, and related methods), which are able to reduce complexity and to arrive at “configurational” solutions based on set theory and Boolean algebra, which are more meaningful in this context than the usual broad-based statistical methods.

In a last section more common statistical comparative methods at the macro-level of states or societies are presented and the respective strengths and weaknesses discussed. Participants are strongly encouraged to present their own research problems and data, if available.

Some basic quantitative or qualitative methodological training is probably useful to get more out of the course, but participants with little methodological training should find no major obstacles to follow.

Fees: U.S. $640 ($400 for students)

Instructors: Dirk Berg-Schlosser (Philipps University Marburg/Germany)

Link: Course details

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 4-6 June 2018

Place: University of Michigan, USA

Description: 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 dimension. At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with the key elements of a QCA study and know how to read, criticize, and implement an empirical analysis.

Fees: Members = $1500; Non-members = $2800

Instructors: Ingo Rohlfing

Link: Course details

Pre-conference workshop at the German Academic Association for Business Research

Title: Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) – Ein neuer Blick auf Kausalität und Datenanalyse (in German)

Date: 23 May 2018

Place: Magdeburg University (Magdeburg, Germany)

Description: Introduction of NCA.

Fees: None

Instructors: Sven Hauff (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg)

Link: Course details

Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets

Date: 3 May 2018

Place: Reading, UK

Description: Social scientists often face a trade-off between identifying regularities among cases and accounting for the complexity of social reality. Achieving more "breadth" often comes at the cost of the "depth" of analysis. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a technique that combines elements of both. QCA enables a systematic, context-sensitive comparison of intermediate (ca. >10) up to large numbers of cases, which is enriched with in-depth case knowledge. As such it helps researchers to model several aspects of causal complexity, such as equifinality – meaning that many ways may lead to Rome – and the configurational nature of cases, for example intersectionality and contextually contingent patterns. Rather than focusing on isolated net effects, QCA if identifies necessary and sufficient conditions for an outcome. This makes it attractive for researchers interested in finding prerequisites for a given phenomenon, or the conditions under which outcomes (such as compliance, successful revolutions, democratic consolidation, etc.) come about.

Fees: £150 (£125+VAT @20%) or for students £120 (£100+VAT @20%) currently enrolled on a university course (student number may be needed)

Convenor: Eva Thomann (University of Exeter, Department of Politics)

Link: Course details

University of California, Irvine

Title: SoCal QCA Workshop

Date: 29–31 March 2018

Place: University of California, Irvine (USA)

Description: 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.

Fees: $350 faculty; $150 students

Instructors: Charles Ragin (University of California, Irvine) and Peer Fiss (University of Souther California)

Link: Course details and registration

7th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Title: Comparative Research Designs

Date: 5–9 March 2018

Place: University of Bamberg, Germany

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide training on all aspects that enable a researcher to conceive and conduct the most appropriate comparative research design – the latter broadly defined as any research enterprise that comprises at least two ‘cases’ or observations. On the one hand, the course will cover fundamental questions ‘upstream’ of practical and hands-on choices: what is comparison? Why compare; what is the added value of comparison? What should be the ‘mindset’ of a good comparative researcher? What is the link between a research puzzle and the choice for a comparative research design? What would be the alternative(s)? At which level(s) should the ‘cases’ be envisaged? etc. On the other hand, the practicalities of different types of comparative research designs will be examined in detail, by following all the hands-on steps: (1) prior arbitrations and ‘casing’, i.e. the definition of the cases; (2) case selection, through more basic or more advanced strategies; (3) collecting and managing comparative data; (4) comparative data analysis. A short introductory module on QCA (as part of a comparative research design), both as an approach and a set of techniques, is also provided. Lectures and interactive sessions alternate, with ample time for questions/answers, open discussions, and ‘solution-finding’ for the participants’ individual projects.

Fees: €585 (ECPR Members), €877 (non-ECPR members); + possibility of early bird discount (-15% until 3 Nov 2017) and loyalty discount (-€50); + cheaper option via a 'package' also including a short preparatory course

Instructors: Benoît Rihoux (Université catholique de Louvain)

Link: Course details — course WB102 (general Winter School page)

7th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Title: Advanced Topics in Set-Theoretic Methods and QCA

Date: 5–9 March 2018

Place: University of Bamberg, Germany

Description: 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 that are specific to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Although much effort has been put into developing standards of good practice, still many important issues remain unresolved, and even sometimes unaddressed. This has given rise to a recent wave of literature sceptical of set-methods, in general, and QCA, in particular. In this course we not only discuss the issues raised by theses critiques, but go beyond them and explore the hitherto under-used potentials of set-theoretic methods. Depending on needs and interests of participants, we choose among the following topics: set-theoretic multi-method research; robustness and uncertainty; set-theoretic theory evaluation; enhanced Standard Analysis; time and set-theoretic methods; model ambiguity; and/or two-step QCA.

Fees: €585 (ECPR Members), €877 (non-ECPR members); + possibility of early bird discount (-15% until 3 Nov 2017) and loyalty discount (-€50); + cheaper option via a 'package' also including a short preparatory course

Instructors: Carsten Schneider (CEU Budapest)

Link: Course details — course WD204 (general Winter School page)

McGill University, Montréal

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 22–24 January 2018

Place: McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Description: The purpose of this intensive three day workshop is to provide a full introductory-to-intermediate training in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). QCA will be examined both as a research approach and as a set of techniques. (…) As a set of techniques, we will provide training in all main QCA options: crisp-set QCA (csQCA), mvQCA (multi-value QCA) and fsQCA (fuzzy-set QCA) as well as their different uses, from typology building to theory testing and theory elaboration. We will use several datasets from published applications, and have participants replicate "hands-on" these empirical applications, through all the technical steps and arbitrations, using different software options such as TOSMANA, FS/QCA and the 'QCA' R package. Participants are also most welcome to bring some of their own data. We will also examine different forms of 'mixed methods' or 'multi-method' options, combining QCA with qualitative and/or quantitative (statistical) techniques.

Fees: 275 Canadian $ (first come, first serve; course capped at 15 participants)

Instructors: Benoît Rihoux and Priscilla Álamos-Concha (UCLouvain)

Link: Course details

7th Arizona Methods Workshops

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 4–6 January 2018

Place: University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Description: Invented by Charles Ragin in the late 1980s, QCA offers an alternative to conventional statistical methods based on the analysis of set-theoretic relationships and is suitable for small-, medium-, and large-N studies. This workshop will describe the method, examine its strengths and weaknesses, discuss recent developments and extensions, suggest best practices for conducting and presenting QCA, and recommend resources for further study. Software for conducting QCA will be reviewed and demonstrated. This workshop is designed both for novices and those with previous QCA experience. Participants are asked to bring their laptop (Windows, Mac, or Linux/Unix). Those currently working on a QCA project are encouraged to also bring their dataset; time will be reserved for discussing these projects and working with the software.

Fees: $50USD registration + $400USD (50% discount for graduate students; discount for multiple courses)

Instructors: Claude Rubinson (University of Houston—Downtown)

Link: Course details

University of Oxford

Title: Necessary Conditions Analysis

Date: 28 November 2017

Place: University of Oxford, UK

Description: The logic of NCA, The data analysis approach of NCA, Statistical inference with NCA

Fees: This seminar is for University of Oxford staff and students. Others, please contact Zsofia Toth

Instructors: Zsofia Toth (Nottingham University Business School) and Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business — US Southeast Chapter

Title: Necessary Conditions Analysis

Date: 27 October 2017

Place: University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., USA

Description: The logic of NCA, The data analysis approach of NCA, and How to publish papers with NCA.

Fees: Free with registration to the conference

Instructors: Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Link: Conference website

Lunch Seminar, Department of Management, George Washington University

Title: Necessary Conditions Analysis

Date: 26 October 2017

Place: George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

Description: The logic of NCA, The data analysis approach of NCA, and How to publish papers with NCA.

Fees: None

Instructors: Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Link: Course details

British Academy training workshop

Title: Innovations in Integrated Mixed Methods for the Study of Labour Supply and Gender: Doing it Differently with Data!

Date: 20 October 2017

Place: University of Manchester, UK

Description: In the morning we have demonstrations of three new methods mixtures. To study "keyness" is our first mixture. Keyness measures how 'key' a word in to a particular text. We use a count-and-match statistical method for a small corpus of data, then use discourse analysis. Our second method is a statistical F test of a Boolean truth table with fuzzy sets. Thirdly we explore how measurement error can bias and ruin a regression result. This leads us to promote the validation of measurement through in-depth methods. The afternoon has three speakers applying mixed methods to international comparative data.

Fees: see link below. 10 bursaries awarded after 5 October

Instructors: Wendy Olsen (University of Manchester) and guest speakers

Link: Course details

Regenstrief Center for Health Services Research

Title: Configurational Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Coincidence Analysis (CNA)

Date: 25-29 September, 2017

Place:Indianapolis, Indiana (USA)

Description: This seminar offers an intensive 5-day introduction for health researchers to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Coincidence Analysis (CNA) - the two most prominent configurational comparative methods (CCMs) of causal discovery. Participants will be guided through the nuts and bolts of configurational comparative data analysis as well as cutting-edge methodological innovations. In replicating published studies from various areas of the health sciences, they will also learn how to make the most of current software for QCA and CNA.

Fees: $550–$750USD

Instructors: Michael Baumgartner (University of Geneva), Alrik Thiem (University of Geneva)

Link: Course details

Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM Ljubljana)

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 28 Aug-01 Sep 2017

Place: University of Ljubljana

Description: One week course on QCA and fuzzy sets.

Fees: 900CHF (Early bird discount -150 CHF through 30 Apr)

Instructors: Charles C. Ragin

Link: Course details

12th ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, Budapest

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets

Date: 31 July - 11 August 2017 (30 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This course introduces participants to set-theoretic methods and their application in the social sciences with a focus on Qualitative Comparative Analysis. The introductory course is complemented by an advanced course that is taught at the ECPR Winter School in Bamberg. The course starts out by familiarizing students with the basic concepts of the underlying methodological perspective, among them the central notions of necessity and sufficiency, formal logic and Boolean algebra. From there, we move to the logic and analysis of truth tables and discuss the most important problems that emerge when this analytical tool is used for exploring social science data. Right from the beginning, students will be exposed to performing set-theoretic analyses with the relevant R software packages. When discussing set-theoretic methods, in-class debates will engage on broad, general comparative social research issues, such as case selection principles, concept formation, questions of data aggregation and the treatment of causally relevant notions of time. Examples are drawn from published applications in the social sciences. Participants are encouraged to bring their own raw data for in-class exercises and assignments, if available.

Fees: 945 € (with early bird + loyalty discount), 995 € (with early bird discount), 1170 € (ECPR members), etc. – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=416&EventID=116. (Early bird discount until 21 April)

Instructors: Patrick A. Mello (Technical University of Munich) and Carsten Schneider (Central European University)

Link: Course details

12th ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, Budapest

Title: Case Study Research: Method and Practice

Date: 31 July - 11 August 2017 (30 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This course approaches qualitative case studies from the perspective of method and practice. The goal is to understand the advantages and challenges of the case study method and to detail the tasks involved in all stages of the research process. The course has three interrelated components (see day-to-day schedule). First, the lecture/seminar segments introduce a specific topic on a basic and advanced level. Second, “lab sessions” give the participants the opportunity to apply the new insights to their own project; this is achieved by discussions about the participants’ projects in small groups and among the entire class. Third, the assignment portion involves in-class discussions of short assignments (simple methodological questions) related to the participants studies and published case studies from different fields within political science. This helps developing an idea about how case studies are presented and done in empirical research. At the end of the course, participants will be able to implement sound case studies and to critically evaluate published research. The course also covers comparative case studies, advanced issues in comparison, causal inference and generalization.

Fees: 945 € (with early bird + loyalty discount), 995 € (with early bird discount), 1170 € (ECPR members), etc. – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=416&EventID=116. (Early bird discount until 21 April)

Instructors: Ingo Rohlfing (University of Cologne)

Link: Course details

12th ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, Budapest

Title: Seasoned Scholar à la carte workshop: qualitative, interpretive, case-oriented and comparative methods

Date: 27-29 July 2017 (15 hours)

Place: Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Description: This ‘à la carte’ methods workshop has been designed for more experienced scholars (criterion: at least PhD + 5 years, and/or at least 10 years research experience, and/or senior academic appointment) who face various needs/challenges in terms of social scientific research methods: for instance (non-limitative list): writing up the methods section of a research project; choosing the adequate method(s) for a funded project they have obtained; arbitrating between different methodological options ; needing to be updated on the recent evolutions of various methods/techniques applicable to their field and topic; getting some assistance for troubleshooting in their own use of methods; getting advice on which methods expert(s) to contact for what; getting advice on which methods training they should send their team members to; getting advice/feedback on a syllabus they are putting together; getting advice on existing teaching syllabi on some methodological topics; etc. Time is a scarce resource for these seasoned scholars, and they seek a time-efficient formula to receive individual advice by senior peers/methodologists. This workshop covers a broad span of ‘qualitative’ methods and technique, in the broad sense, i.e. comprising both constructivist, interpretive and ethnographic approaches as well as more realist and post-positivist approaches to single case studies, small-N and medium-N comparisons. The formula also includes a full ‘package’ of services from March to October 2017.

Fees: 2000 € (ECPR members), 3000 € (non-ECPR members) – see fee structure at https://ecpr.eu/Events/Content.aspx?ID=416&EventID=116.

Instructors: Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain)

Link: Course details

Methods@Manchester Summer School

Title: Integrated Mixed-Methods Research including QCA

Date: 3–7 July 2017

Place: University of Manchester (UK)

Description: This summer school strand approaches mixed methods from the viewpoint that methods can be integrated not separated at the analysis stage. It focuses on the use of case-studies and the case-study comparative method in mixed-methods research contexts. The content focuses on four topics : (1) mixed methods data management; (2) qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and the comparative method; (3) fuzzy set analysis of pathways of causality; and (4) methods of using qualitative data to strengthen an argument and make the analysis rigorous and transparent. (…) This one-week event involves 28 hours of contact time of which about 5-6 hours are computer practicals led by the tutors. The computer practicals for QCA include applications of NVIVO, fsQCA, SPSS, and Excel software. (…) The organisation of the course involves lectures, active learning and a project. Each day up to two lectures and one ‘lectorial’ occur.

Fees: 600 £ (students) or 900 £ (others)

Instructors: Wendy Olsen and Stephanie Thomson

Link: Course details

Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM St. Gallen)

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 19-23 June 2017

Place: Universität St. Gallen

Description: One week course on QCA and fuzzy sets.

Fees: 900CHF (Early bird discount -50CHF through 28 Feb)

Instructors: Charles C. Ragin

Link: Course details

ESRC Research Training

Title: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Date: 15–16 June 2017

Place: University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton (UK)

Description: This course provides an introduction to an increasingly popular range of analytic techniques in comparative research, commonly referred to as QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis). Based on set theory and formal logic, QCA aims to provide causal generalizations that strike a balance between complexity (inherent in case-oriented approaches) and generalizability (associated with variable-oriented approaches). The aim is to provide a practical understanding of both the crisp-set and fuzzy-set versions of QCA and to examine the main epistemological, methodological and mathematical foundations of these techniques.

Fees: 10 £, 30 £ or 100 £

Instructors: Sabina Avdagic

Link: Course details

Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association

Title: Methodology Workshop on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Date: 14 Apr 2017

Place: Hyatt Regency—Austin, TX (United States)

Description: Invented by Charles Ragin in the late-1980s, QCA offers an alternative to conventional statistical methods based on the analysis of set-theoretic relationships and is suitable for small-, medium-, and large-N studies. This workshop will demonstrate the method, examine its strengths and weaknesses, discuss recent developments and extensions, and suggest best practices for conducting QCA. Software for conducting QCA and resources for further study will be reviewed and recommended.

Fees: None

Instructors: Claude Rubinson (University of Houston—Downtown)

Link: Conference Course details

Southern California QCA Workshop

Title: Southern California QCA Workshop

Date: 30 March - 1 April 2017

Place: University of California, Irvine (United States)

Description: 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. Space is limited.

Fees: $350 ($150 for students)

Instructors: Charles C. Ragin (Univ California, Irvine) and Peer C. Fiss (Univ Southern California)

Links: Course details. For questions, please email fsqca2017@gmail.com.

6th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Title: Comparative Research Designs

Date: 6–10 March 2017

Place: University of Bamberg, Germany

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide training on all aspects that enable a researcher to conceive and conduct the most appropriate comparative research design – the latter broadly defined as any research enterprise that comprises at least two ‘cases’ or observations. On the one hand, the course will cover fundamental questions ‘upstream’ of practical and hands-on choices: what is comparison? Why compare; what is the added value of comparison? What should be the ‘mindset’ of a good comparative researcher? What is the link between a research puzzle and the choice for a comparative research design? What would be the alternative(s)? At which level(s) should the ‘cases’ be envisaged? etc. On the other hand, the practicalities of different types of comparative research designs will be examined in detail, by following all the hands-on steps: (1) prior arbitrations and ‘casing’, i.e. the definition of the cases; (2) case selection, through more basic or more advanced strategies; (3) collecting and managing comparative data; (4) comparative data analysis. A short introductory module on QCA (as part of a comparative research design), both as an approach and a set of techniques, is also provided. Lectures and interactive sessions alternate, with ample time for questions/answers, open discussions, and ‘solution-finding’ for the participants’ individual projects.

Fees: €570 (ECPR Members), €875 (non-ECPR members); + possibility of early bird discount (-€100 until 2 Nov 2016) and loyalty discount (-€50); + cheaper option via a €640 ‘package’ also including a short preparatory course

Instructors: Benoît Rihoux (Université catholique de Louvain)

Link: Course details (ECPR Winter School)

6th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Title: Advanced Multi-Method Research

Date: 6–10 March 2017

Place: University of Bamberg, Germany

Description: This course deals with multi-method research (MMR) as it is currently developed in political science and sociology (e.g., Lieberman’s nested analysis). The course builds on this development and focuses on the combination of case studies and process tracing with a large-n method and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and regression analysis in particular, as these are the most widely used large-n techniques in MMR. The relative emphasis we put on statistical methods and QCA depends on what methods the participants are applying in their own research. Participants combining case studies with another method such as social network analysis or experiments are also welcome. The goal of the course is to understand the different varieties in which MMR can be done. We discuss the unique advantages and methodological and practical challenges confronted in implementing multi-method designs. Topics include concepts in the small-n and the large-n analysis, case selection for process tracing, and the compatibility of theoretical expectations and inferences on causal effects and causal mechanisms. Method-centered discussions are illustrated with examples from different fields of political science and, if possible, the projects the participants are working on. At the end of the course, participants are able to realize their own MMR in a systematic manner and to critically evaluate published MMR studies.

Fees: €570 (ECPR Members), €875 (non-ECPR members); + possibility of early bird discount (-€100 until 2 Nov 2016) and loyalty discount (-€50); + cheaper option via a €640 ‘package’ also including a short preparatory course

Instructors: Ingo Rohlfing (Bremen International Graduate School in the Social Sciences)

Link: Course details (ECPR Winter School)

6th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Title: Advanced Topics in Set-Theoretic Methods and QCA

Date: 6–10 March 2017

Place: University of Bamberg, Germany

Description: 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 that are specific to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Although much effort has been put into developing standards of good practice, still many important issues remain unresolved, and even sometimes unaddressed. This has given rise to a recent wave of literature sceptical of set-methods, in general, and QCA, in particular. In this course we not only discuss the issues raised by theses critiques, but go beyond them and explore the hitherto under-used potentials of set-theoretic methods. Depending on needs and interests of participants, we choose among the following topics: set-theoretic multi-method research; robustness and uncertainty; set-theoretic theory evaluation; enhanced Standard Analysis; time and set-theoretic methods; model ambiguity; and/or two-step QCA.

Fees: €570 (ECPR Members), €875 (non-ECPR members); + possibility of early bird discount (-€100 until 2 Nov 2016) and loyalty discount (-€50); + cheaper option via a €640 ‘package’ also including a short preparatory course

Instructors: Carsten Schneider (CEU Budapest)

Link: Course details (ECPR Winter School)


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