ECPR Summer School (methods) Including two Workshops for Experienced Scholars

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In its 12th year, the ECPR’s Summer School in Methods and Techniques will be returning to Central European University’s Department of Political Science in Budapest.  The School continues to offer up-to-date methods training, across a mixture of three day refresher and one and two week courses, over a two and a half week period, all delivered by expert Instructors and supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants.

The Summer School forms part of the ECPR's Methods School, which aims to deliver a holistic methods training package across two schools, each offering cutting-edge courses in the full span of qualitative and quantitative topics. While the academic content of the School is designed to provide scholars with the methodological skill set vital to a research career, an exciting plenary programme provides many opportunities to establish all-important networks. The course content of the Summer School is designed to complement that of its sister event, the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, which took place 3-10 March 2017, at the University of Bamberg’s Graduate School of Social Sciences. Central European University offers a fantastic mix of beautiful buildings, plenty of space for networking, great facilities and an unbeatable city-centre location. We look forward to bringing the Summer School to CEU for the second time.

At ECPR, we recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. That's why we've developed two very special workshops to deliver tailored advice from senior methodologists in a time-efficient formula. These parallel workshops, in quantitative and qualitative techniques, take place during the 2017 ECPR Summer Methods School at Central European University, Budapest. Designed to meet the needs of experienced academics, you should sign up for these workshops only if you have signficant research experience beyond your PhD.

Both courses take place from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 July, running for 15 hours over three days. We will accept a maximum of nine participants; first come, first served.  The quantitative workshop is led by CEU's Tamás Rudas; the qualitative workshop by Benoît Rihoux, Université catholique de Louvain.
Quantitative workshop
Covers a wide range of statistical and formal methods. This may include aspects of survey and experimental design, quality control, missing data, methods of causal analysis, graphical modelling (aka Bayesian networks), and methods for the detection and analysis of higher dimensional interactions. Find out more
Qualitative workshop
Covers a broad span of qualitative methods and techniques, discussing constructivist, interpretive and ethnographic approaches as well as more realist
and post-positivist approaches to single case studies, small-N and medium-N comparisons. Find out more
Workshop structure

Phase 1
March – June 2017 – input phase, registration and confirmation
Email the instructor with core methodological questions or problems you face; he will tailor the workshop to your needs.
Phase 2
The workshop: 27–29 July
Workshops will be organised flexibly, around participants' needs. Instructors will have at least three daily contact hours with the full group or sub-group. The workshop will involve group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant's personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues.

Catering included in course fee
• Lunch + drinks + snacks on all three days
• Informal dinner on day 1
• Informal dinner on day 3
Phase 3
August–October 2017 – additional guidance, if needed
The instructors and their Teaching Assistants will remain available for up to four Skype appointments. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.