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CECAN Syllabus CPD Workshop: Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Guildford, 19 Jun 2018, 11am
Dave Byrne

Tuesday 19th June 2018, 11:00 – 15:00 (registration 10:30), University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Tutor: Dave Byrne, Emeritus Professor (University of Durham)

Course Details:

This workshop is part of the CECAN Module for future policy analysts and evaluators. The syllabus was developed to support capacity building nationally and internationally in the evaluation of complex policy and programmes.

This session introduces qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) – a case-based approach that relies on Boolean algebra, which crudely speaking is a way of sorting differentiating units or cases according to whether they share or do not share particular configurations of attributes.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session, students will have gained knowledge of:

  • A basic understanding of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA);
  • A basic understanding of the differences between necessary and sufficient causation;
  • An elementary reading level of truth-tables;
  • An introductory level understanding of the differences between case based and variable based methods.

Level: Advanced

Intended Audience: Policy Analysts and Researchers, Evaluation Practitioners, Social Science Researchers.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of social science research equivalent to a first degree.

Tutor Biography:

Dave attended University of Newcastle and LSE before teaching at Durham 1970-74. Research Director North Tyneside Community Development Project 1974-77. Reader in Sociology Ulster Polytechnic 1977-80. Since at University of Durham.

National positions have included Treasurer Social Policy Association, Treasurer Joint Universities’ Council for Social and Public Administration, Chief Examiner for Sociology studentships ESRC. Editor of Sociology. Member ESRC College of Assessors, Member ESRC Research Training Board, Academician – Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In 2012, received the Social Policy Association (SPA) Special Recognition Award. The external organisations I have worked with are: Berwick Trades Council and the consortium of community groups in Newcastle and Gateshead concerned with the content of the Newcastle; Gateshead joint planning strategy, including a longer standing relationship with residents organizing against the ‘Bridging Newcastle Gateshead’ housing pathfinder programme.

How to book – Reserve your place by registering and paying via the University of Surrey Online Shop.

Cost – £195 (Government / Commercial Sector) / £150 (Staff at Education / Charitable Institutions) / £110 (All Students).

Prices per person inclusive of lunch, refreshments and training materials.

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