UPDATE, January 2019:


The QTD website regrettably suffered severe technical problems, some of which we are still working to resolve.  In the meantime, it has been restored to the state it had toward the end of the 2nd phase of the deliberations in summer 2017 - and links to the recently completed final report (with summaries) have been added; please access them via the links below:

I. Fundamentals

I.1 Epistemological and Ontological Priors

Subgroup 1: Varieties of Explicitness and Research Integrity
Marcus Kreuzer and Craig Parsons
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332876
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332846

Subgroup 2: Explicating the Perils of Transparency
Timothy Luke, Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, Mary  Hawkesworth
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332885
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332878

I.2 Research Ethics and Human Subjects: A Reflexive Openness Approach
Lauren M. MacLean, Elliot Posner, Susan Thomson, Elisabeth Jean Wood
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332889
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332887

II. Forms of Evidence
II.1 Text-based Sources
Nikhar  Gaikwad, Veronica Herrera, Robert Mickey
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332893
Full report:   http://ssrn.com/abstract=3332891

II.2  Evidence from Research with Human Participants
Anastasia  Shesterinina, Mark A. Pollack, Leonardo R. Arriola
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333399
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333392


III. Analytic Approaches
III.1 Process Tracing and Comparative Methods
Andrew Bennett, Tasha Fairfield, Hillel David  Soifer
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333406
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333405

III.2 Interpretive Methods
Lisa  Björkman, Lisa  Wedeen, Juliet Williams, Mary  Hawkesworth
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333463
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333411

III.3 Ethnography and Participant Observation
Jillian Schwedler, Erica Simmons, Nicholas Rush Smith
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333471
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333465

III.4  Set-Analytic Approaches, Especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Carsten Q. Schneider, Barbara Vis, Kendra  Koivu
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333483
Full report:  https://ssrn.com/abstract=3333474

III.5 Non-Automated Content Analysis
Zachary Elkins, Scott Spitzer, Jonas  Tallberg
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333487
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333485

IV. Research Contexts

 IV.1  Research in Authoritarian and Repressive Contexts

Eva Bellin, Sheena Chestnut  Greitens, Yoshiko Herrera, Diane  Singerman
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333501
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333496

IV.2  Research in Violent or Post-Conflict Political Settings
Ana  Arjona, Zachariah  Mampilly, Wendy Pearlman
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333510
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333503


IV.3  Research on Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations
Milli  Lake, Samantha  Majic, Rahsaan Maxwell
Summary:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333555
Full report:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3333511

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