Thursday 29th April 2021, 09:30 – 17:00 BST, Live Online Training (via Zoom)

Tutor: Dr Corinna Elsenbroich, Senior Lecturer (University of Surrey) and CECAN Research Fellow

CECAN Ltd are pleased to be working with the UK Evaluation Society on their Masterclass series for those working in consultancy, NGOs, Government, academia and other evaluation settings

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.

Plan of the Day:

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1 Complex Causality in Evaluation

10:30 – 11:00 Breakout Session 1

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Session 2 What is Process Tracing?

12:15 – 12:40 Breakout Session 2

12:40 – 13:00 Groups Reporting Back

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45 Session 3 Process Tracing Case Study

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:30 Breakout Session 3

15:30 – 16:00 Groups Reporting Back

16:00 – 16:45 Session 4 Formalising Process Tracing

16:45 – 17:00 Wrap Up

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session, 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

Tutor Biography:

Dr Corinna Elsenbroich, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology (University of Surrey) and part of the CECAN team. Her research interests are in complexity social science, in particular methods to tackle complex causality. She has been teaching Evaluation Research and courses on Agent-based Modelling, Process Tracing and Qualitative Comparative Analysis.

Course Fees:

£220 for Non-Members of UK Evaluation Society, £180 for Members, £140 for Student Members

How to Book:

Reserve your place by registering via the UK Evaluation Society website. If you have any questions, please email: