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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 approximately 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 2015-2016 included departments, centers and/or institutes at: Aarhus University, Denmark; University at Albany, SUNY; American University; University of Arizona; Arizona State University; Australian National University; Bergen University; Boston College; Boston University; Brandeis University; University of British Columbia; Brown University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Chicago; University of Cincinnati; Columbia University; Cornell University; University of Connecticut; University of Delaware; University of Denver; Duke University; École nationale d'administration publique; University of Florida; Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany; George Washington University; Georgetown University; Griffith University; Harvard University; University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins; Johns Hopkins SAIS; Universite Laval, Quebec; London School of Economics; University of Maryland; University of Massachusetts; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; McGill University, Canada; National University of Singapore; University of New Mexico; New School for Social Research; Northwestern University; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; University of Notre Dame; Oberlin College; Ohio State University; University of Oklahoma; University of Oregon; University of Ottawa; Oxford University; University of Pittsburgh; Princeton University; Purdue University; Queen's University; Radboud University; Rutgers University; University of Southern California; University of Southern Denmark; SOAS, University of London; Syracuse University; University of Texas; University of Toronto; Tufts University; University of Virginia; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin; and Western Michigan University. In addition to participants sponsored by subscribers, the 2016 institute also drew individual attendees from: Carleton University; Centro en Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE); Emory University; George Mason University; School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University; Stanford University; United States Air Force Academy; University College London; University of Michigan; University of North Texas; 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.