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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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June 2021

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): A set-analytic approach to studying organizational configurations

June 21 - June 25
Erasmus Research Institute of Management, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA Netherlands
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Free – €250

This 3-day introduces you to the nuts and bolts of QCA. It is structured in six session (each ½ days) covering the history of QCA, the logics of case selection and research designs, small-N QCA, large-N QCA, configurational research in management, and advanced topics in QCA. Throughout the course, we will also explore opportunities for you to use QCA for your own research. After the course, you should be familiar with the history of QCA and current advanced topics in…

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August 2021

Coincidence Analysis (CNA) in Health Services Research

August 3 - August 5
Online
$975

Hosted by Regenstrief Institute, this intensive course offers health researchers a tailored approach to applying Coincidence Analysis (CNA). Part I of the Beginners-level Course on CNA begins with an intensive 3-day exploration of configurational comparative methods with a focus on Coincidence Analysis (CNA). Michael Baumgartner will guide participants through the the philosophical roots of regularity theories of causation,  search strategies, optimization algorithms, and measures of fit.  Following this 3-day workshop, the instructors will remain available for discussion to help participants with the…

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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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Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets

August 30 @ 9:00 am - September 10 @ 3:00 pm CDT
Online
$USD400 – $USD630

This course introduces participants to set-theoretic methods and their application in the social sciences with a focus on Qualitative Comparative Analysis. 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…

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