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January 2021

Webinar: Combining NCA and QCA

January 26

This webinar begins with a short introduction to NCA, followed by a comparison of NCA and QCA and suggestions for using both techniques to complement one another.  The webinar will last approximately 1.5 hours (~60 minutes of presentation plus ~30 minutes of Q&A). To facilitate participants from different time zones, the webinar will be offered twice: NCA and QCA 1: Tuesday 26th January 9:00 (CET, Rotterdam Time) NCA and QCA 2: Tuesday 26th January 17:00 (CET, Rotterdam Time)

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March 2021

ECPR Winter School: Comparative Research Design

March 15 - March 19
£465 – £485

This course provides training on methods that enable a researcher to construct a solid and well-argued comparative research design (CRD) – any research enterprise that comprises at least two ‘cases’ or units of analysis.  We will cover multiple options, from very few cases (small-n) to multiple cases (intermediate-n) to many cases (larger-n), and in particular options that are QCA-compatible.  By the end of this course, you will be able to write up a well-constructed CRD section for your project and…

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ECPR Winter School: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

March 15 @ 2:30 pm - March 19 @ 5:00 pm GMT
£465 – £485

This course introduces you to Qualitative Comparative Analysis and fuzzy sets, and their application in the social sciences, using the R software environment.  It starts out by familiarising you with the basic concepts of the underlying methodological perspective, including formal logic, Boolean algebra, causal complexity, and calibration. From there, we move to the central notions of necessity and sufficiency, and discuss ways to analyse these using parameters of fit and visualisation techniques. The core of the course focuses on the…

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ECPR Winter School: Advanced Qualitative Comparative Analysis

March 22 @ 2:30 pm - March 26 @ 5:00 pm GMT
£465 – £875

This course will deepen your understanding of the potentials and pitfalls of set-theoretic methods. The skills you gain will enable you to be more critical and assertive if and when you choose or reject set-theoretic methods as the most appropriate research method for your research project. By the end of this course, you will be able to produce QCA studies of a quality and level of sophistication beyond the current mainstream and thus yield substantive results that are more compelling…

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August 2021

Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Research Design and Application (25th Summer School in Social Science Methods)

August 23 - August 27
Università della Svizzera Italiana, Via Buffi 13
Lugano, 6900 Switzerland
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700CHF – 1100CHF

Workshop contents and objectives This workshop gives a thorough introduction to the method of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), with an emphasis on research design and practical application. Since its inception (Ragin 1987), QCA has gained recognition among social scientists as a case-based research method that is ideally suited to capture causal complexity. This essentially describes a situation where an outcome results from multiple pathways and different combinations of conditions. Moreover, QCA entails a rigorous and systematic comparison of selected cases…

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Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis