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Wednesday, September 18 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
A Primer on Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in Evaluation

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Brad Astbury (ARTD)

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a well-established family of research techniques from the applied social sciences. The QCA approach blends qualitative and quantitative sources to analyse causal patterns using a small to medium numbers of cases. Early QCA approaches emerged in the 1980s and have developed since then. While the potential of QCA for a range of evaluation applications has recently been recognised, there are few examples that demonstrate the steps involved to apply this technique in evaluation practice.

This presentation reports on the use, benefits and challenges of QCA in the context of a study that sought to identify different pathways of conditions leading to sustainability of demonstration projects. The session will provide advice on case selection, calibration of conditions and outcome(s), minimisation procedures, necessary and sufficient conditions, truth table analysis using fsQCA software, dealing with contradictory configurations and interpretation of results in the context of theoretical and case-specific knowledge.

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Natalie Fisher

Director, NSF Consulting
I am an evaluation consultant with more than 15 years of experience working for clients predominantly in the arts and cultural sectors but also in environmental sustainability and human services. In 2017 I graduated with a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne (First... Read More →

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Brad Astbury

Director, ARTD Consultants
Brad Astbury is a Director at ARTD Consulting, based in the Melbourne office. He has over 18 years’ experience in evaluation and applied social research and considerable expertise in combining diverse forms of evidence to improve both the quality and utility of evaluation. He has... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm AEST