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February 2020

ECPR Methods School: Advanced Topics in Set-Theoretic Methods and QCA

February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020
University of Bamberg, Kapuzinerstraße 16
Bamberg, D-96047 Germany
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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 specific to QCA. We will try and address all the following topics but, depending on participants' needs and interests, we can put more emphasis on some: set-theoretic multi-method research; robustness and sensitivity; set-theoretic theory evaluation; enhanced Standard Analysis;   data structures and set-theoretic methods, including…

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March 2020

Southern California QCA Workshop – CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

March 26, 2020 - March 28, 2020
University of California, Irvine
$175 – $375

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-analytic approach. Update: The workshop has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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June 2020

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

June 1, 2020 - June 3, 2020
Online
$1400 – $2700

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…

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July 2020

Comparative Research Designs (1st ECPR Virtual Summer School)

July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Online
£465 – £875

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).  By the end of this course, you will be able to write up a well-constructed CRD section for your project and to reflect strategically on your comparative research…

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August 2020

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (1st ECPR Virtual Summer School)

August 3, 2020 - August 7, 2020
Online
£465 – £875

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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November 2020

CECAN Webinar: Trajectory-Based Qualitative Comparative Analysis (TJ-QCA)

November 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CET
Online
Free

Prof. Dr. Dr. Lasse Gerrits (IHS, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Dr. Sofia Pagliarin (University of Bamberg, Germany) will present Trajectory-based QCA (TJ-QCA) as a new way to account for and integrate processes over time in QCA both conceptually and methodologically. Research methods usually struggle with the complexity of social processes, such as policy processes, and how they play out over time. As commonly acknowledged, the outcome of these processes observed ‘here and now’ is a result of what happened ‘back…

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January 2021

Webinar: Combining NCA and QCA

January 26
Online
Free

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
Online
£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
Online
£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
Online
£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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