29 April 2021

Join us via zoom 09:30 - 17:00

Process Tracing Introductory Course

This is a popular Masterclass for those working in consultancy, NGOs, Government, academia and other evaluation settings

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

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

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

14:45 – 15:00

15:00 – 15:30
Breakout Session 3

15:30 – 16:00
Groups reporting back

16:00 – 16:45
Sesion 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, is a 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 teaches Evaluation Research and courses on Agent-based Modelling, Process Tracing and Qualitative Comparative Analysis


£220 for Non-Members of UK Evaluation Society

£180 for Members

£140 for Student Members

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