This course is an introduction to Process Tracing methodology, giving participants a set of practical methodological tools they can use their own case study research. The relative strength of the method is that it enables us to make strong inferences about how a given outcome has come about using in-depth case studies.
The course will briefly discuss the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of the method, in particular providing an introduction to Bayesian logic. This will be followed by a practical introduction to topics such as how we should conceptualize causal mechanisms in a manner that can be studied empirically, gathering and evaluating evidence, and case selection strategies. The conclusions will debate the strengths and limitations of the method, showing when it can be used, when not, and how it can be combined with other methods. The course requires active participation. Most benefit is to be expected if participants are able to use parts of their own research in the exercise during the course.