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The Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods

CQRM promotes the teaching and use of qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Our activities include an annual training institute (IQMR), where leading scholars have (to date) taught advanced qualitative methods to one thousand four 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 teaching research skills, the authors' workshop encourages the development of qualitative and multi-method research techniques. 

CQRM's members in academic year 2012-2013 included departments, centers and/or institutes at: Aarhus University, American University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Australian National University, Bergen University, 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, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Delaware, Duke University, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, University of Florida, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Indiana University, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Universite Laval, SOAS University of London, University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, University of Miami, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, New School for Social Research, Northwestern University, North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, Oxford University, University of Ottawa, University of Pittsburgh, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Purdue University, Princeton University, Queen's University, Radboud University, Rutgers University, University of Southern California, University of Southern Denmark, Temple University, University of Texas, University of Toronto, Tufts University, University of Utah, University of Vienna, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Western Kentucky, and University of Western Michigan.  In addition to participants sponsored by members, the 2013 institute also drew individual attendees from Boston College, Central European University, City University of New York, Dalhousie University, Durham University, Federal College of Education, Nigeria, University of Ghana, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva, University of Ilorin, Istanbul Sehir University, University of Michigan, University of Nottingham, University of Stellenbosch, Uganda Christian University, University of Utah, Vilnius University, and the University of the Witwatersrand.

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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