BEIS, 3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW 1-2pm
About The Speaker
Brian Castellani is Professor of Sociology and Lead of the Complexity in Health and Infrastructure Group at Kent State University, as well as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University and co-editor of the Complexity in Social Science series, Routledge.
When – Tuesday 21st February 2017 Location – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Intended audience? – Anyone who confronts ‘wicked issues’ in their work so that includes policy makers, practitioners, consultants and academic researchers who engage with messy and complex reality.
What level of prior knowledge of subject required? – None in technical terms but an understanding of the implications of the term ‘wicked issues’ would help – look it up on Wikipedia. See also the Wikipedia entry on Problem Structuring Methods because Exploratory QCA can be used as a basis for that kind of approach.
At the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the value of systematic comparison as a way of exploring multiple and complex causation.
Be able to start using binary QCA as a mode of exploration of appropriate information / data.
Know the character of the various forms of QCA and be able to assess their value to you in confronting problems in causation and evaluation.
Bio of Tutor / Prof David Byrne
When – Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th February 2017 (2 days) Location – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Intended audience? The course is aimed at anyone who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of what Process Tracing and Bayesian updating are and how they work in practice to enhance our knowledge of how and why an intervention contributed to a certain outcome. Policy makers and evaluation commissioners might be more interested in the methods’ requirements, quality assurance standards and in learning what to expect from the process, while consultants and evaluators who will apply the method might be more interested in the practical aspects and tools. The course is for both.