Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): Part 2: An Application in 10 Steps: Online (2 Days)

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

 

This master class is designed for participants who are familiar with the basics of QCA. Participants without any QCA experience or previous formal QCA training are strongly recommended to first complete the master class Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An introduction.

 

 

This course will run from 9.30am to 4pm* online via Zoom.

Please look at the syllabus for timetable details.

 

 

*Please note: Courses will run on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11)

(ie Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra daylight savings time. There will be 5 different time zones to consider in Summer)

 

 
Level 2 - runs over 2 days
Course dates: Thursday 11 February 2021 - Friday 12 February 2021
Instructor: 

Professor Jeroen van der Heijden – Jeroen van der Heijden is Professor of Public Governance and Chair in Regulatory Practice at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Government). He also is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University (School of Regulation and Global Governance). Jeroen works at the intersection of public governance and regulation, with a specific interest in regulatory stewardship and dynamic governance regimes. He has also specialised in different governance practices for low-carbon and resilient city development and transformation in the Global North and Global South.

Since 2007, he has been applying QCA in various research projects and publications. These include ‘Innovations in Urban Climate Governance: Voluntary Programs for Low Carbon Buildings and Cities’ with Cambridge University Press, 2017; this book builds on a QCA study of 35 voluntary programs in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA. More information on Jeroen’s work is available from www.jeroenvanderheijden.net.

Venue: 
Online
Week: 
Week 3
About this course: 

This is an intermediate master class. In it, we will go through the 10 steps of a full QCA project. It is expected participants are familiar with the basics of QCA, as, for example, taught in the ACSPRI master class Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An introduction.

 

The 10 steps we undertake in this master class are:
    1. Explaining the theoretical motivations for choosing QCA for your project
    2. Selection of outcomes and conditions
    3. Explaining the limitations that come with the number of conditions chosen
    4. Calibration of data
    5. Develop a raw data matrix
    6. Analysis of necessary conditions
    7. Analysis of sufficient conditions: truth table
    8. Analysis of sufficient conditions: choice of solution term
    9. Presentation of results
    10. Testing robustness and interpretation of results

 

By the end of the master class, you will be able to carry out a full QCA (crisp set and fuzzy set) and present it to an audience of expert QCA users as well as a lay-audience.

 

The target audience for this master class are researchers, practitioners and academics who have conducted at least one qualitative study, and are familiar with the basics of QCA.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1
    • 9:30-10:00, Introductory session:
        ◦ Who is who? Why have you chosen this course? What do you expect to get out it?
        ◦ What are we going to do over the next two days? What are we not going to do?
    • 10:00-11:00, The first 4 steps:
        ◦ Explaining the theoretical motivations for choosing QCA for your project
        ◦ Selection of outcomes and conditions
        ◦ Explaining the limitations that come with the number of conditions chosen
        ◦ Calibration of data
    • 11:00-11:15, Short break
    • 11:15-12:30, Step 5: Develop a raw data matrix
    • 12:30-1:30, Lunch
    • 1:30-2:30, Reflection: necessary, sufficient, INUS and SUIN conditions
    • 2:30-3:30, Step 6: Analysis of necessary conditions
    • 3:30-4:00, Open discussion, recap of today’s terminology and concepts:
        ◦ INUS condition, consistency, coverage, trivial necessary conditions
    • 4:00, Day ends

 

Day 2
    • 9:30-10:30, Step 7: Analysis of sufficient conditions – truth table
        ◦ Dealing with conflicts
        ◦ Dealing with logical remainders
    • 10:30-11:00, Intermezzo: working with negated data in QCA
        ◦ Asymmetry
    • 11:00-11:15, Short break
    • 11:15-12:30, Step 8: Analysis of sufficient conditions – choice of solution term
        ◦ Complex solution, intermediate solution, parsimonious solution
    • 12:30-1:30, Lunch
    • 1:30-2:30, Step 9: Presentation of results
    • 2:30-3:30, Step 10: Testing robustness and interpretation of results
    • 3:30-4:00, Open discussion, recap of today’s terminology and concepts:
        ◦ Raw-consistency, PRI-consistency, negated data, complex solution, intermediate solution, parsimonious solution, easy counterfactuals, difficult counterfactuals
    • 4:00, Workshop ends

Course format: 

This course will be delivered 'live' online using Zoom.

 

It is expected that participants familiarize themselves with the QCA software (freeware) will use in class in preparation for this master class. This software, fs/QCA 3.0, is available from: http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~cragin/fsQCA/software.shtml

Recommended Background: 

The target audience for this master class are researchers, practitioners and academics who have conducted at least one qualitative study, and are familiar with the basics of QCA. The master class will at times be high pace and you will need to be able to understand the following concepts prior to participating in this master class: conjunctural causation, equifinality, necessity and sufficiency (in the context of QCA), logical minimisation, set theory and Boolean algebra (in the context of QCA), and data calibration (limits, membership, threshold point).

 

If you are not yet familiar with the basics of QCA, it is strongly recommended that you first complete the master class Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An introduction.

Recommended Texts: 

The instructor's notes will serve as the course text.

 

    • Schneider, C. and C. Wagemann (2012). Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
    • van der Heijden, J. (2017). Innovations in Urban Climate Governance: Voluntary Programs for Low-Carbon Buildings and Cities. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

 

Other readings:
    • Ragin, C. (2008). Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond. Chicago, Chicago University Press.
    • Rihoux, B. and C. Ragin (2009). Configurational Comparative Analysis. London, Sage.

Course fees
Early bird Member: 
$1,160
Early bird Non Member: 
$1,980
Early bird full time student Member: 
$720
Member: 
$1,480
Non Member: 
$2,280
Full time student Member: 
$1,280
FAQ: 

Q: Do I have to have had any qualitative research experience to do this course?
A: Yes, you will have been expected to have experience with at least one qualitative research project or have undertaken an introductory level course in qualitative research methods.

 

Q: Do I have to have had any experience with QCA to do this course?
A: Yes. The master class will at times be high pace and you will need to be able to understand the following concepts prior to participating in this master class: conjunctural causation, equifinality, necessity and sufficiency (in the context of QCA), logical minimisation, set theory and Boolean algebra (in the context of QCA), and data calibration (limits, membership, threshold point).

If you are not yet familiar with the basics of QCA, it is strongly recommended that you first complete the master class Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An introduction. It is also strongly recommended to familiarise yourself with the recommended texts before participating in this master class; particularly Schneider and Wagemann (2012).

 

Q: I already have some experience with QCA. Will I get anything out of this introductory course?
A: You absolutely will. Dr Jeroen van der Heijden has extensive experience in designing and carrying out QCA based research. He also has considerable experience in publishing research findings using this method. He can help you strengthening your current QCA study and advise you on how to present your work to an audience that is less familiar with QCA logic and tools.

Notes: 

The instructor's notes will serve as the course text.