Thursday 22nd October 2020, 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 Autumn 2020 Masterclass series for those working in consultancy, NGOs, Government, academia and other evaluation settings

Course Details:

This course is an introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). QCA is a method for the comparative study of cases and is used to analyse qualitative social data systematically. The analysis compares cases by assigning set memberships across a set of attributes.

QCA is particularly good at understanding multiple causation because it is focused on causal recipes (combination of causes) rather than individual variables. This helps with understanding (different) causal pathways in policy evaluation settings.

The course will look at the theoretical and practical aspects of QCA, working through a detailed example using the fsQCA software package to understand crisp and fuzzy set QCA.

Plan of the Day:

09:30 – 11:00  Configurational Causality and QCA

11:00 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 13:00  QCA Walkthrough

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 15.15  QCA Case Study – csQCA

15:15 – 15:30  Break

15:30 – 16:30  QCA Case Study – fsQCA

16:30 – 17:00  Q&A Wrap up

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand why and where QCA is a useful method
  • Be able to prepare data for use in a QCA
  • Have basic understanding of the fsQCA software for application for QCA

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:

£200 for Non-Members of UK Evaluation Society, £165 for Members, £130 for Student Members

How to Book:

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