Vienna, Austria

Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

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

This course addresses the foundations, components and procedures of qualitative data analysis looking at the methods of thematic analysis (TA), qualitative content analysis (QCA), cross-case analysis (CCA) and constant comparison analysis of grounded theory (GT). Being an advanced course, it requires that participants be cognizant with the notions of coding in qualitative analysis and fluent in their application in NVivo software. The course’s premises are that rigorous and soundly executed analysis of qualitative data is of central importance in a research project since the findings’ credibility depends on it. Despite this, the majority of qualitative studies still fail to provide a transparent account of what analysis was carried out and how. There is also a widespread tendency to associate qualitative analysis with the mere identification of themes in the data and to report those themes using excessive quotes. This course tackles the problem of the ‘black box’ of qualitative analysis by focusing on some of the key, yet most neglected aspects, of current analytical practices: the relationship between analysis with design; the necessity to move beyond the identification of themes and to account for patterns in the data; building a solid audit trail to support claims; and using graphic displays that hold explanatory power to tell results. By the end of the course, participants will know when, how, and why to use TA, QCA, CCA and GT and to appraise the quality of qualitative analysis in published studies.

Course leader

Marie-Hélène Paré
University of Oxford

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: