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Tübingen Methods Center Fall School, Qualitative Comparative Analysis Workshop

October 12, 2023 - October 13, 2023


Based on formal logic, set theory and Boolean algebra, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a research method used to analyse combinations of conditions which are sufficient and/or necessary for the outcome under study. Developed by the political scientist and sociologist Charles Ragin, QCA focuses holistically on cases as combinations of factors rather than on the relationship between variables (as correlation-based methods such as regression analysis do). While it was developed in a case study tradition where just a small number of cases form the focus of an analysis, it is well suited to analysing large n datasets. Thus, while combining elements from qualitative as well as quantitative research approaches, it is genuinely innovative in transcending the qualitative-quantitative divide.

This workshop provides an introduction to QCA in its crisp, fuzzy and multi-value variants as well as practice sessions on the application of QCA using fsQCA and R software (package QCApro). Researchers are welcome to bring their own data if they wish to analyse them using QCA, but this is no requirement; practice datasets will be provided. No prior knowledge of QCA or any particular software is assumed.

The workshop will be held by Dr Judith Glaesser. She is a research fellow at the Methods Center, Tübingen University: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/142589


October 12, 2023
October 13, 2023
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Judith Glaesser (University of Tübingen)
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University of Tübingen
Tübingen, 72074 Germany
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Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis