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Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Member rate £492.50
Non-Member rate £985.00

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Course Dates and Times

Date: Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2024
Time: 08:30 – 12:00 CEST*
*including a 30 minute break

Seweryn Krupnik

Jagiellonian University

This course will provide you with an interactive online learning environment using advanced pedagogical tools, and is specifically designed for advanced students, researchers, and professional analysts. The course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, ensuring that the teaching team can address the unique needs of each individual.

Purpose of the course

Upon completion of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of qualitative comparative analysis and how to apply it to a research project within your area of study. This knowledge and practical experience will equip you with valuable skills for conducting in-depth research and analysis in your field.

ECTS Credits

3 ECTS credits awarded for engaging fully in class activities.
1 additional ECTS credit awarded for completing a post-course assignment.

Instructor Bio

Seweryn krupnik is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology of Economy, Education and Methods of Social Research, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. In 2015-2018, head of the Center for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies at Jagiellonian University. Currently a Senior Researcher in this unit. A specialist in the field of evaluation research methodology. His research has appeared in leading evaluation and energy policy journals including Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice and Energy Research & Social Science.

Seweryn has broad experience in policy and business consultancy, including skills development programmes. He provided training on Qualitative Comparative Analysis to both academic and non-academic audiences.

Key topics covered

Day 1: Deciding if QCA will work for your research

Learn about QCA as an approach to conduct research. Identify the research questions from your field that could be answered by the approach.

Day 2: Designing your research

Learn the basic steps of designing QCA, with a special focus on measurement and calibration. Specify your analysis and define outcome, conditions, and the data you want to analyse.

Day 3: Analysing your data

Discuss the crucial steps of the QCA as analytical technique: analysis of necessity and sufficiency. You'll learn the standards of proper analysis and main challenges you will encounter in the real-world study.

Day 4: Using the software

Learn about the landscape of available software. Discuss pros and cons of working with GUI software and R packages. The analysis using fs/QCA Software will be showcased and resources for analysis in R will be provided.

Day 5: Wrapping-up the research

Learn how to interpret and communicate the results of the analysis. You will discuss the main critical messages you may encounter while communicating your research to academic and non-academic audience and how to address them.

How the course will work online

You should get access to the learning platform at least 2 weeks in advance to prepare for the courses with pre-readings and pre-recordings. You are expected to spend around 20 hours per week of preparation for two weeks which adds up to 40 hours.

You will be expected to actively participate in the class, read recommended literature, and design simple research with the use of qualitative comparative analysis.

The course combines pre-class readings and pre-recorded videos with three hour daily live Zoom sessions. The objective of the sessions will be to discuss the reading and videos and help you in designing your research. 

The instructor will also conduct live Q&A sessions and offer designated office hours for one-to-one consultations.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Prior knowledge of social science methodology would be helpful for this course. You are encouraged to come to the course with your own research questions that could potentially be answered with QCA. This will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the course to a relevant and meaningful research project.

Learning commitment

As a participant in this course, you will engage in a variety of learning activities designed to deepen your understanding and mastery of the subject matter. While the cornerstone of your learning experience will be the daily live teaching sessions, which total three hours each day across the five days of the course, your learning commitment extends beyond these sessions.

Upon payment and registration for the course, you will gain access to our Learning Management System (LMS) approximately two weeks before the course start date. Here, you will have access to course materials such as pre-course readings. The time commitment required to familiarise yourself with the content and complete any pre-course tasks is estimated to be approximately 20 hours per week leading up to the start date.

During the course week, you are expected to dedicate approximately two-three hours per day to prepare and work on assignments.

Each course offers the opportunity to be awarded three ECTS credits. Should you wish to earn a 4th credit, you will need to complete a post-course assignment, which will involve approximately 25 hours of work.

This comprehensive approach ensures that you not only attend the live sessions but also engage deeply with the course material, participate actively, and complete assessments to solidify your learning.


This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc.). Registered participants will be informed at the time of change.

By registering for this course, you confirm that you possess the knowledge required to follow it. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If in doubt, please contact us before registering.