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.

Universities from which member Centers, Departments or Institutes nominated participants in one or more years from 2017 through 2019 included: Aarhus University; American University; Arizona State University; University of Arizona; Australian National University; Bergen University; Boston College; Boston University; Brandeis University; University of British Columbia; Brown University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Cambridge; University of Chicago; University of Cincinnati; University of Connecticut; Colorado State University; Columbia University; Cornell University; University of Delaware; University of Denver; Duke University; École nationale d'administration publique; University of Florida; Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt; George Mason University; George Washington University; Georgetown University; Harvard University; University of Hawaii; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins; Johns Hopkins SAIS; King’s College, London; Universite Laval; London School of Economics; University of London; University of Maryland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; McGill University; Michigan State University; National University of Singapore; University of New Mexico; New School for Social Research; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Northwestern University; University of Notre Dame; Ohio State University; University of Oklahoma; University of Oregon; University of Oxford; University of Pittsburgh; Princeton University; Purdue University; Queen's University; Rutgers University; University of Southern California; University of Southern Denmark; Stanford University; Syracuse University; Temple University; University of Texas; University of Toronto; Tufts University; University of Utah; University of Virginia; University of Washington; Western Michigan University; University of Wisconsin; 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.