Vienna, Austria

Advanced Multi-Method Research

when 17 February 2013 - 22 February 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

This course deals with multi-method research (MMR) as it is currently developed in the methodological literature (e.g., Lieberman’s nested analysis). The course builds on this development and focuses on the combination of case studies and process tracing with a large-n method and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and regression analysis in particular. (Which form of QCA (csQCA, fsQCA, mvQCA) and regression model (OLS, TSCS, etc.) is insignificant.) Participants combining case studies with another method such as social network analysis or experiments are also welcome.
The goal of the course is to understand the different varieties in which MMR can be done. Moreover, we discuss the unique advantages and methodological and practical challenges confronted in implementing multi-method designs. Topics include concepts in the small-n and the large-n analysis, case selection for process tracing, and the compatibility of theoretical expectations and inferences on causal effects and causal mechanisms. Methodological discussions are illustrated with examples from different fields of political science and sociology.
At the end of the course, participants are able to realize their own MMR in a systematic manner and to critically evaluate published multi-method analyses.

Course leader

Ingo Rohlfing
University of Cologne

Target group

Advanced students and junior researchers in political science and adjacent disciplines

Course aim

as above

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain 2 ECTS credits from the University of Vienna for attending an Introductory or Advanced Courses (15 hours). Participants must successfully complete their course, and successfully complete their project assignment in order to obtain 2 ECTS credits – Transcripts will be sent to the participants by The University of Vienna.

For all courses being attended (Introductory, Advanced and/or Software Training Courses), participants also receive a certificate of attendance.

Certificates of accreditation (if applicable) as well as certificates of attendance are sent to the participants after the Winter School has ended, by the University of Vienna

Fee info

EUR 0: ECPR Member – €495
Non-ECPR Member – €690
ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €445
Non-ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €640
*There is a €50 loyalty discount deducted from all Introductory and Advanced Courses to participants who attended the 2012
Summer School in Methods and Techniques (SSMT) in Ljubljana (this discount does not apply to Software Training Courses).


Self funded students from ECPR member institutions will be able to apply for funding in the form of scholarship funds and travel and accommodation grants. Please use the following link for further information: