Course Details:

Process Tracing is a method used to understand causal chains in single case analysis settings. It is the systematic analysis of contribution claims through explicit investigation of how pieces of evidence support or undermine a particular hypothesis or claim. Process Tracing is particularly good for the analysis of single scenarios where no comparison to other cases is possible. It focuses on the causal contribution of particular events to final outcomes by carefully classifying the contribution of identified causes by necessity and sufficiency.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Appreciate the problems of complex evaluation
  • Acknowledge the problem of complex causality for contribution claims
  • Understand how and when Process Tracing can be used
  • Work through a Process Tracing case study

Intended Audience:

CECAN Ltd’s CPD workshops are designed to support those at all levels working in consultancy, NGOs, government, academia and other evaluation settings who face complexity challenges in their current work.

Tutor Biography:

Corinna Elsenbroich is a Reader in Computational Modelling at Glasgow University (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit). Corinna is particularly interested in methodological and epistemological aspects of novel methods, in particular computational methods such as agent-based modelling and social simulation, and has published on aspects of ontology, explanatory power and context validity in modelling. As a computational modeller she has developed models of dynamic social networks of juvenile delinquency, neighbourhood effects of extortion racketeering and collective reasoning in social dilemma situations. She is particularly interested in complexity sensitive social science methods, comprising computational, case based and participatory methods. As a co-investigator in the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) she is involved with developing these methods in a policy relevant way. She is currently working on how to combine methods through novel research designs.

Course Fees:

Tickets for this workshop are:

  • Government / commercial: £375.00 per person (or £300 if booked by 31/1/24)
  • Academic / charitable institutions: £325.00 per person (or £250 if booked by 31/1/24)
  • Students (including Postgraduate Researchers): £225.00 per person (or £200 if booked by 31/1/24)

All prices are exclusive of VAT where applicable.

How to Book:

Reserve your place by registering and paying via our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please contact CECAN by emailing


CECAN Ltd is the commercial arm of the ESRC funded Centre for Evaluating Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN). It offers access to innovative policy evaluation approaches and methods to support decision makers.