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CECAN Webinar: Capturing Social Dynamics for Evaluation: Trajectory-Based Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Online, 11 Nov 2020, 1pm
Lasse Gerrits and Sofia Pagliarin

Wednesday 11th November 2020, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT / 14:00 – 15:00 CET

Presenters: Lasse Gerrits and Sofia Pagliarin

Webinar Overview:

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 then’. We therefore need to account for the conditions back in time to explain what is happening now. We present a novel version of Qualitative Comparative Analysis, called Trajectory-based QCA (TJ-QCA). This method compares processes over time to highlight the combinations of conditions that contribute to the outcome.

In the presentation, we will discuss the technique of TJ-QCA as well as the causal reasoning behind the technique. We will use examples from policy evaluation to demonstrate how the technique works. Of course, there will be ample time to ask questions.

Presenter Biographies:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Lasse Gerrits is professor in urban planning at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL). Dr. Sofia Pagliarin is professor ad interim in political science at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg (DE). They work together in aligning QCA with actual social complexity for the sake of policy and planning research.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – please click here to register for a place.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.

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