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Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

June 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019

£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 software using the user-friendly RStudio environment.

  • QCA: Origin, variants, uses and approaches
  • Set theory and causal complexity
  • Defining, structuring, measuring and calibrating concepts as sets
  • Analyses of necessity and sufficiency
  • Truth tables, limited diversity and counterfactual reasoning
  • Conservative, intermediate and parsimonious solution types
  • Set-theoretic multi-method research
  • Potential pitfalls (skewed data, model ambiguities, robustness, etc.)


June 10, 2019
June 14, 2019
£300 – £600
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Eva Thomann (University of Konstanz)


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis