Qualitative Comparative Analysis – FORS Swiss Summer School

FORS Swiss Summer School

Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Patrick A. Mello

  • Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, 2016

In 2016, I taught a QCA course at the 20th Swiss Summer School in Lugano. The intensive one-week format of full-time courses (roughly split in lectures and exercises) allows participants to fully engage with a new method and become acquainted with its practical application to their own research projects.

From the course outline: The workshop provides participants with a thorough introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), both as a research approach and as a data analysis technique. In recent years, this set-theoretic method has gained recognition among social scientists as a methodological approach that holds specific benefits for comparative studies. The course begins by familiarizing participants with the foundations of set theory and the basic concepts of the methodological approach of QCA, including necessary and sufficient conditions, Boolean algebra, and fuzzy logic. The next step is devoted to the calibration of empirical data into crisp and fuzzy sets. Once these essentials are in place, the course moves on to the construction and analysis of truth tables as the core of the QCA procedure. Here, we will also spend time to discuss typical challenges that arise during a truth table analysis and techniques to overcome such problems. Finally, the course will introduce consistency and coverage as parameters of fit as well as additional measures to assess the robustness of QCA results [Read Further]

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