QCA workshops – here, there and everywhere


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Artistic and Research Director, Darren O'Donnell, is running around the world proselytizing about Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), an exciting and relatively research method that is delivering linear correlational statistics a knockout blow. And it's about time. He has led QCA workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol UK, the culture office of the Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar in Germany, and at Goldsmiths College in London. He will lead one for you and your grandmother, anytime, anywhere, just get in touch. It's as free as air.

Designed by American sociologist Charles Ragin to handle both qualitative and quantitative data, QCA is a research method that uses set relations to study social phenomena. The core of the method uses boolean algebra to simplify logical statements to determine the sufficiency and necessity of particular conditions for particular outcomes. The method is applicable across disciplines and to a wide variety of research questions, for example: what conditions are factors in the success of an arts engagement program or festival? What kind of individuals respond well to a given policy or programme intervention? What conditions are factors in a given cities success at attracting… anything, really: tourists, investment, creative people, entrepreneurial types, etc.

The next QCA workshop will be taking place on Friday, April 17, 11am-2pm @ the Wellesley Institute.