EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING USING QUALITATIVE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (QCA)
Wed 20 June 2018 , University of Canberra
DATE: WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE
VENUE: UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, CANBERRA
WHO SHOULD ATTEND AND WHY?
Officials who are charged with finding evidence to select policies or judge them will benefit from the opportunity to expand their analytical toolset.
COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method of reviewing and comparing evidence whose influence has grown steadily in the academy over the last forty years. Despite its growing influence, QCA’s potential for policymaking is yet to be fully realised. The class is designed to give participants an insight into how QCA can help policymakers make better decisions. The session aims to show that QCA can be a very accessible method. It takes everyday logic that many people already use when making decisions based on competing evidence, but uses simple tools to extend the
available evidence-base, and allows us to draw more systematic conclusions about the effects of actions in different contexts.
METHOD OF DELIVERY
Following a short briefing, the morning session will involve attendees in a hands-on guided activity designed to allow participants experience the key steps in a Qualitative Comparative Analysis.
The afternoon session will look more closely at principles of QCA, discussing its analytical and evidential claims, alternative approaches, and its particular promise for policy making. We will cover critiques of QCA and responses, and where it fits in a mix of tools for policy analysis.
Delivery will be adapted in as much as possible to the needs and interests of participants with plenty of time for questions and answers.
WHY ATTEND? /LEARNING
The goal is that you leave the event with a new awareness of a tool for analysing the kinds of evidence that policymakers are presented with, understanding when it can usefully complement other tools for option-analysis and decision-making. You will also be aware of the resources best placed to enable you to follow up in ways that suit your purposes and resources. In addition, you will have worked through the application of the method.