18 May 2021

Live Online Training (via Zoom) 09:30 - 17:00 BST

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Masterclass

The UK Evaluation Society is pleased to be working with CECAN Ltd to deliver this Masterclass for those working in consultancy, NGOs, Government, academia and other evaluation settings

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 Reseaerch and courses on Agent-based Modelling Process Tracing and Qualitative Comparative Analysis.

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 focussed 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.

  1. Plan of the day

09:30 – 11:00
Configurational Causality and QCA

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 13:00
QCA Walkthrough

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:15
QCA Case Study – csQCA

15:15 – 15:30

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


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

Apply for a place on this course  …. N.B. Closing date for applications is 10th May 2021