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The Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods

CQRM promotes the development, dissemination, and use of qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Our activities include an annual training institute (IQMR), which has been attended (to date) by more than one thousand eight hundred graduate students and faculty. 

The Institute is partly funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Institute is held at the same time as a related authors' workshop, the Research Group on Qualitative and Multi-Method Analysis. While the Institute focuses on disseminating research skills, the authors' workshop encourages the development of qualitative and multi-method research techniques. 

CQRM's members in academic year 2014-2015 included departments, centers and/or institutes at: Aarhus University; American University; Arizona State University; Australian National University; Bergen University; Boston College; Boston University; Brandeis University; University of British Columbia; Brown University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, San Diego; University of Central Florida; University of Chicago; Columbia University; Cornell University; University of Delaware; Duke University; École nationale d'administration publique ; University of Florida; Peace Research Institute Frankfurt; George Washington University; Georgetown University; Griffith University; Harvard University; University of Hawaii, Manoa; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins SAIS; Johns Hopkins University; University of Kansas; Universite Laval, Quebec; University of London; Luther College; University of Maryland; University of Massachusetts; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; McGill University; University of Miami; University of Minnesota; University of New Mexico; New School for Social Research; Northwestern University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Notre Dame; Ohio State University; University of Oklahoma; University of Oregon; Oxford University; University of Pittsburgh; Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; Purdue University; Princeton University; Queen's University; Radboud University; Rutgers University; University of South Carolina; University of Southern California; University of Southern Denmark; Syracuse University; University of Texas; University of Toronto; Tufts University; University of Vienna; University of Virginia; University of Washington; Western Michigan University; and University of Western Ontario. In addition to participants sponsored by subscribers, the 2015 institute also drew individual attendees from Addis Ababa University; School of Advanced Air and Space Studies Air University; University of Denver; Fudan University; University of Ghana; Goethe University Frankfurt; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; University of Michigan; State University of New York, Albany; Stanford University; the United States Air Force Academy; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; University of Waterloo;; Usmanu Danfodiyo University; and the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy, Benin..

While the consortium's mission is to promote qualitative methods, we proceed from the position that to produce policy-relevant knowledge, the social sciences should employ the full range of available complementary qualitative, statistical and formal methods. Our concern is that very few leading research universities offer graduate-level qualitative methods courses and even fewer require them. As a consequence, the social sciences are failing to take advantage of recent advances in qualitative methods, and in the long run risk losing an important component of their methodological heterogeneity.

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