Past MethodsNET and MethodsNET endorsed Training Events
Konstanz Methods Excellence Workshops (KOMEX) – March 10-18, 2022 (mostly in-person*)
Ph.D. level courses in Comparative Case Study Design, Designing observational research for causal inferences, Crowdsourced Text Analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis using R, and a basic R introduction will be offered at this year’s Konstanz Methods Excellence Workshop (KOMEX), organized by the University of Konstanz in collaboration with MethodsNET.
The courses are designed to provide participants with excellent, inclusive, and affordable methods training and bring the methodological aspects of their research projects to the next level. Some online preparatory workshops will be offered March 10-11. (*) for the courses planned as in-person: if the corona rules do not allow for this, they will be switched to online) Click here for more information.
FREE MINI-COURSE: ‘A Short Introduction to Process Tracing Methods’ - February 24, 2022 (online 14.00 – 15.30 CET)
The aim of this short introductory session is to provide participants with an understanding of the core elements of Process tracing methods and how they can be used in practical research. Process tracing is a research method designed to learn how things work in real-world cases. Increasingly used across the social sciences and in applied policy evaluation, process tracing involves unpacking causal processes as they play out within cases and tracing them empirically, enabling within-case causal inferences about the processes that link causes and outcomes together.
The session begins with an introduction of the theory-side of what we are actually tracing, followed by a discussion of what types of empirical evidence can be used to trace causal processes (aka mechanisms). We will use the example of the article by Winward (2020) to illustrate what Process tracing can look like in practice. The final part of the session introduces principles of case selection and generalization. After this, there will be plenty of time for questions from participants.
Interested participants should send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to register, after which you will receive a Zoom link. The course will take place using Zoom.
• Beach (forthcoming) Process Tracing Methods in Social Science. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Revised edition.
• Winward M. 2020. Intelligence Capacity and Mass Violence: Evidence From Indonesia. Comparative Political Studies, 54(3-4):553-584.
Hilde van Meegdenburg is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Her substantive research focusses on international security and state foreign policy making with a particular focus on the organization of foreign aid and military interventions. Hilde has taught numerous advanced and introductory courses on process tracing and qualitative case studies throughout Europe and is currently coauthoring a book with Patrick A. Mello on how to combine Process Tracing methods with Qualitative Comparative Analysis. For more information see: hildevanmeegdenburg.com
Derek Beach is a professor of Political Science at the Aarhus University, Denmark, where he teaches case study methodology, international relations, and European integration. He has authored articles, chapters, and books on research methodology, referendums, and European integration, and co-authored the books Process-tracing Methods: Foundations and Guidelines and Causal Case Studies (both with University of Michigan Press). He has taught qualitative case study methods at ICPSR, ECPR and IPSA summer and winter schools, and numerous workshops and seminars on process tracing methods throughout the world. He is also an academic manager of the Methods Excellence Network (MethodsNet).
FREE MINI-COURSE: Introduction to Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) webinar – February 10, 2022 (online)
The 'Introduction to NCA' webinar will help participants who are completely new to NCA to get a first understanding of ‘What is NCA’?. Panellists: Jan Dul and Caroline Witte, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands. This webinar is free of charge.
To facilitate participants from different time zones the webinar will be offered twice: 09:00am to 10:30am (UTC+1 = CET) and 17:00pm to 18:30pm (UTC+1 = CET). This webinar is organized by the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERiM). Click here for more information.