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.
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.
Consortium members include (2018 - 2021):