Description:

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) provides a bridge between case-oriented and variable-oriented research methods. It is rapidly making inroads in the social sciences.

In this introductory master-class, we will explore the epistemological foundations of QCA and question what the method can and cannot be used for. The master class will introduce participants in (i) the basics of QCA—set-theory and Boolean algebra; (ii) the various approaches to QCA—crisp set, multi value, and fuzzy set; (iii) current debates on QCA; and, (iv) the challenges you may encounter when developing a QCA. To get our heads around the logic of QCA, we will carry out a few QCA applications by hand and we will use an Excel plug-in for a very rudimentary QCA.

This master class is designed for participants who have experience in qualitative or quantitative research and who are interested in applying qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in their current or future studies.

Start: Monday, 01 July 2024 @ 18:30

End: Thursday, 04 July 2024 @ 21:30

Duration: 4 evenings

Timezone: Melbourne

Venue: online

 Country: Australia

Prerequisites:

Participants will be expected to have experience with at least one qualitative research project or have undertaken an introductory level course in qualitative research methods. While some discussion of the technical elements of methods is presented during the master class, participants should have a basic familiarity with data collection methods such as interviews, observation, and document analysis.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the master class, you will be able to assess whether QCA is a meaningful approach for your current or future research projects. You will also be able to assess, to some extent, the quality of QCA applications by others. The master class is a mix of lectures and exercises—the emphasis is on lectures, however (it is an introduction to QCA, and for that we need to cover a lot of “theoretical” ground).

By the end of this master class you will not be able to carry out a full QCA application. Participants who wish to be able to do so are advised to (also) complete the master class Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An application in 10 steps.

Eligibility:
  • Open to all

Organiser: ACSPRI

Contact: info@acspri.org.au

Host institution: ACSPRI

Keywords: social data science, Statistical Methods, QCA, Qualitative methods, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, research design

Fields: EDUCATION, COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES, STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY, PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES, LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES, LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES, ECONOMICS

Target audience:
  • researchers
  • PhD students
  • HDR students

Capacity: 12

Event type:
  • Workshop
Tech Requirements:

This master class will take place online using zoom.

We will apply an MS Excel add-in during this master class.

Cost Basis: Cost incurred by all

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): An Introduction https://dresa.org.au/events/qualitative-comparative-analysis-qca-an-introduction Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) provides a bridge between case-oriented and variable-oriented research methods. It is rapidly making inroads in the social sciences. In this introductory master-class, we will explore the epistemological foundations of QCA and question what the method can and cannot be used for. The master class will introduce participants in (i) the basics of QCA—set-theory and Boolean algebra; (ii) the various approaches to QCA—crisp set, multi value, and fuzzy set; (iii) current debates on QCA; and, (iv) the challenges you may encounter when developing a QCA. To get our heads around the logic of QCA, we will carry out a few QCA applications by hand and we will use an Excel plug-in for a very rudimentary QCA. This master class is designed for participants who have experience in qualitative or quantitative research and who are interested in applying qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in their current or future studies. 2024-07-01 18:30:00 UTC 2024-07-04 21:30:00 UTC ACSPRI online, Australia online Australia ACSPRI info@acspri.org.au [] researchersPhD studentsHDR students 12 workshop open_to_all social data scienceStatistical MethodsQCAQualitative methodsQualitative Comparative Analysisresearch design