ECPR Summer School
Central European University, Budapest
26 July - 10 August 2018

SS01 - Seasoned Scholars Workshop: Quantitative Methods

Instructor Details

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Tamás Rudas

Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Instructor Bio

Tamás Rudas is Director General of the Center for Social Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He is also Recurrent Visiting Professor at Central European University’s Political Science Department, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington.

Tamás is Past President of the European Association of Methodology and an Elected Member of the European Academy of Sociology. His main research areas are categorical data analysis and the methodology of the social sciences.

Teaching Assistant Sanja Hajdinjak is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Government, University of Vienna, Austria, where she is working on European Values Study project. She earned her PhD in Political Science at Central European University focusing on the political and bureaucratic institutions and their role in preventing corruption and resource misuse. Her research interests also include quantitative and qualitative research methodology, governance, corruption, institutions, the rise of populism and right-wing extremism, democratic backsliding and environmental social movements.

She uses mixed methods in her research, combining quantitative and qualitative analysis. For quantitative analysis, Sanja uses Stata and R programs and she has substantial experience with cross-sectional, survey and time series data analysis. Moreover, she took courses on social network Analysis, Big Data and Bayesian statistics. In qualitative data analysis, she specializes in systematic research of sensitive topics, qualitative interviewing and historical analysis.


Course Dates and Times

Thursday 26 July

13:30-15:00 / 15:30-17:00

Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July

09:00-10:30 / 11:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:00 / 15:30-17:00

Short Outline

This workshop, tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond the PhD and organized on a flexible basis to meet their specific needs (see Workshop Structure under Long Course Outline, below), covers a broad span of statistical and formal methods, which may include aspects of survey and experimental design, quality control, missing data, methods of causal analysis, graphical modeling (aka Bayesian networks), methods for the detection, analysis of higher dimensional interactions, etc.  Other topics may be covered as well.

Long Course Outline

Who should take this workshop?

Scholars with significant research experience beyond the PhD. Typical research methods needs / challenges you might face include:

  • writing up the methods section of a research project
  • choosing the appropriate method(s) for a funded project
  • arbitrating between methodological options
  • updating your knowledge of recent evolutions in methods applicable to your field
  • troubleshooting your own methods use
  • learning which methods experts to contact for what
  • getting advice on methods training for your team members
  • receiving feedback on a syllabus you are putting together
  • getting advice on methodological topics in existing syllabi.

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. This workshop offers you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from senior methodologists.

Workshop structure

Phase 1

March–June 2018 – input phase, registration and confirmation of the workshop

To take part, email Tamás before Monday 7 May (though the earlier the better) with a list of core questions or problems you currently face. Tamás will tailor the workshop to your needs.

Registration closes on Thursday 31 May; first come, first served. To guarantee best-quality advice and peer-to-peer interaction, we will take a maximum of nine participants.

Workshop confirmation no later than Monday 4 June.

Phase 2

The workshop: 26–28 July, 15 hours over three days

Seasoned Scholar Workshop 01 takes place in parallel with Seasoned Scholar Workshop 02, a Multi-Method Designs, Case-oriented and Comparative Methods, instructed by Benoît Rihoux;

Should both Workshops be confirmed, we will convene least one 90-minute common session involving Tamás, Benoît, their TAs and participants from both workshops, to focus on mixed/multi-methods questions.

Tamás will organise each day’s schedule flexibly, around participants’ needs. He will have at least three daily contact hours with the full group or sub-group. The workshop will involve group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues. There will be ample time for one-to-one meetings with Tamás and Sanja.

You can also book at least one appointment with qualitiative workshop instructor Benoît, and you’ll have the chance to talk informally with other methods experts over dinner on the final day.


  • Lunch + coffee/tea/soft drinks/light snacks provided on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1 (teaching staff & workshop participants)
  • Informal dinner on day 3 (teaching staff & workshop participants, plus several ECPR Methods School instructors selected for their expertise in topics directly relevant to participants)

Phase 3

August–October 2018 – additional guidance, if needed

Tamás and Sanja will remain available for up to four Skype appointments per participant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.

Additional Information


The information contained in this course description form may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, specific participant demands, group size etc.). Registered participants will be informed in due time in case of adaptations.

Note from the Academic Convenors

By registering to this course, you certify that you possess the prerequisite knowledge that is requested to be able to follow this course. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If you are not sure if you possess this knowledge to a sufficient level, we suggest you contact the instructor before you proceed with your registration.

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