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The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR)

Since its founding thirteen years ago, the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research has welcomed more than one thousand four hundred graduate students and junior faculty. 

The institute seeks to enable participants to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Topics include research design, concept formation, methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, process tracing, comparative historical analysis, congruence testing, path dependency, interpretivism, counterfactual analysis, interview and field research (including archival) techniques, necessary and sufficient conditions, fuzzy set methods, and philosophy of science issues relevant to qualitative research.

IQMR attendees receive constructive feedback on their own qualitative research designs, and the course also includes discussions led by the authors of well known works which employ qualitative methods. Illustrations are drawn from exemplary research in international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. The schedule and reading list from the twelfth annual institute, available through the link on the left, indicates the range of the issues that are covered. Please note, however, that this syllabus will be revised for the thirteenth institute, and should be viewed with this in mind.

CQRM member institutions will use their own meritocratic criteria to select participants to attend the 2014 institute, and must notify CQRM of their choices by February 28, 2014. 

Students, fellows and junior faculty who are not sure if they will be selected, or who attend non-member organizations, should apply directly to CQRM through the open pool. (Please note that the deadline for receipt of open pool applications for the 2014 institute has now passed, and applicants were notified of the outcome in December.) CQRM will cover the costs of participation, lodging, and meals for successful applicants. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Syracuse University.

Participants at the 2014 institute will arrive on Sunday June 15, and depart on Friday June 27, or Saturday June 28. Sessions will commence on June 16. The institute will run until the evening of Friday June 27, with a two day break on June 21 and 22.

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