Master Classes

EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING USING QUALITATIVE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (QCA)

Wed 20 June 2018Dr Matt RyanUniversity of Canberra

DATE: WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE

VENUE: UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, CANBERRA
COSTS:$880.00+GST
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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.

FACILITATOR

Dr Matt Ryan is Lecturer in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Southampton, UK where he has worked since 2012. Matt’s research focuses on
discovering the methods of analysis and forms of expertise that best provide answers to wicked collective problems. His scientific publications take a variety of
methodological approaches to address a wide range of contemporary policy agendas; explaining public engagement, policy failure, and the effects of behavioural nudges. Matt has previous experience
as a civil servant and legislative assistant and the majority of his work engages directly in collaboration with stakeholders from government and civil society, working with various government departments
and agencies in the UK and abroad, local and national
associations, and networks of policy practitioners. More information can be found here.

 

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