Past events

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 to register, after which you will receive a Zoom link. The course will take place using Zoom.

Suggested readings:

• 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:

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.

Ecole interdisciplinaire outils et méthodes (EIOM) at Université Laval, Québec (in-person online + hybrid, January 3-8, 2022)

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L’École supérieure d’études internationales (ESEI) et la Chaire de leadership en enseignement des sciences sociales numériques (CLESSN) s’associent pour la création de l’École interdisciplinaire outils & méthodes (EIOM) de l’Université Laval (Québec), dont la première édition se tiendra du 3 au 8 janvier 2022 (présentiel + hybride). L’EIOM a pour objectif la promotion des méthodes de recherche empirique dans le milieu académique francophone. L’EIOM offre des cours d’une qualité rivalisant avec les meilleures écoles d’enseignement méthodologique d’Amérique du Nord et d’Europe afin d’en faire un événement annuel à ne pas manquer.

L’EIOM offre un perfectionnement méthodologique pour les étudiant·e·s des cycles supérieurs et les professionnel·le·s qui désirent approfondir leurs connaissances techniques et méthodologiques. L’EIOM offre également une opportunité de partage des connaissances dans un réseau interdisciplinaire de chercheur·e·s à travers des conférences et d’autres activités sociales.

L’EIOM propose trois parcours sous forme de séminaires : (1) Terrain et études de cas comparées ; (2) Modélisation et prédiction ; et (3) Causalité et expérimentation. Ces parcours sont également accompagnés d’ateliers de perfectionnement sur les outils de recherche, ainsi qu’une série de conférences.

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The Graduate School in International Studies (ESEI) and the Leadership Chair in the Teaching of Digital Social Science (CLESSN) propose the Interdisciplinary School in Tools & Methods (EIOM) at Université Laval, in Québec City (in-person + hybrid). Its first edition will take place on 3-8 January 2022. The objective of the EIOM is to promote empirical research methods in the French-speaking academic world. The EIOM offers methodological training for graduate students and professionals who wish to deepen their technical and methodological knowledge. The EIOM also provides a networking opportunity within an interdisciplinary network of researchers through conferences and other social activities. The EIOM’s working language is French.

Fall Methods Workshops, Aarhus University – November 15 – 19, 2021 (in-person)

Ph.D. level courses in Qualitative interviewing, Process-tracing methods, and Multilevel modelling will be offered at this year’s Fall Methods Workshop, hosted by the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University and organized by the Methods Excellence Network (MethodsNET). The courses are designed to bring the methodological aspects of research project to the next level. Click here for more information.

UPDATE: The MethodsNet Fall Methods Workshops were successfully held at Aarhus University from the 15th to 19th of November. Three in-depth, all-day courses were run (interpretive interviewing, multilevel modelling, and process tracing). Participant evaluations are very positive, with comments noting "the rich interaction", "amazing course", and "engaged and inspiring" teaching. The workshops are planned to return next fall, with a few new courses added. Picture (participant Lin Gao from Hertie presenting her research in the Process Tracing Workshop).