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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 well over two thousand 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 2016-17 included departments, centers and/or institutes at: American University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Australian National University, Bergen University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkeley, University of California Irvine, University of California Riverside, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of Denver, Duke University, École nationale d'administration publique, University of Florida, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Johns Hopkins, Universite Laval, Quebec, University of London, London School of Economics, Kings College London, University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, McMaster University, University of New Mexico, Michigan State University, National University of Singapore, New School for Social Research, Northwestern University, North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of Oregon, Oxford University, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, Princeton University, Queen's University, Rutgers University, University of Southern Denmark, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Toronto, Tufts University, University of Utah, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin. In addition to participants sponsored by subscribers, the 2017 institute also drew individual attendees from: Babcock University, Brown University, University of California Davis, Central European University, European University Institution, Universidade Federal do Ceará, George Mason University, University of Georgia, Leiden University, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, University of Michigan, National War College/National Defense University, National Ground Intelligence Center, University of Ouagadougou, University of Rwanda, University of South Africa, Stanford University, University of St Andrews, Tufts University, United States Air Force Academy, and Yale University. 

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.