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by ingorohlfing
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1

There are many points in this report that are well-established recommendations that could be taken as a minimum standard for 'good' process-tracing (PT). For example, few would disagree with the wisdom of points 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. Some more explication on topics could be done, for example on concept...
by ingorohlfing
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1

We are not sure whether this can turn into an "authoritative" source for editors, but it is also not impossible. Because of the diversity of views and methods in the fields of comparative case studies and process tracing, the group found it difficult to cover all grounds. I take it from yo...
by ingorohlfing
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Comments on Draft Report of Working Group III.1

I think this report does an excellent job conveying how the pursuit of transparency intersects with key tenets of case study research (section II) as practiced by many of us in the QMMR section. Section III also helps to present some horizons of case study research in relation to the transparency m...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: II.1. Text-based sources
Topic: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources

This is an important point. The problem that transparency is supposed to be addressing isn't at all clear, and yet the costs of increasing transparency - especially for qualitative scholars - are potentially quite high. It seems like we're spending a lot of time and thought discussing - and potenti...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: II.1. Text-based sources
Topic: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources

But in the end I tend to agree with Hexter's conclusion that "each historian lives under an especially heavy obligation to police himself." I agree that a researcher should police herself. But this does not imply that others are relieved from policing researchers; "policing researche...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: II.1. Text-based sources
Topic: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources

My worry on this matter is simply a cost-benefit one. The work of producing a TRAX is undoubtedly good for the researcher and for the reader. But how good, compared to starting work on another important subject? We have limited lives and very limited research time. I haven't seen much discussion of...
by ingorohlfing
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: III.4. Set-Theoretic Analytical Approaches, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Topic: QCA-related issues
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: QCA-related issues

My reponse to Carsten's good points: Before making a suggestion, I have just one minor question on the points raised so far: When Eva mentions that proper package citation might create problems with the word limit, I understood it such that she proposes that not only the main package used must be pr...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: III.4. Set-Theoretic Analytical Approaches, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Topic: QCA-related issues
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: QCA-related issues

A short summary post on Alrik's and Eva's interesting discussion: 1) I am surprised that some journals do not accept appendices. If you want to post an appendix online, on Dataverse or so, then this should not count against the word limit and the journal should pass forward the appendix to the revie...
by ingorohlfing
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: When do costs of transparency outweigh the benefits?
Replies: 2
Views: 765

When do costs of transparency outweigh the benefits?

If one accepts that research transpareny is a good thing, in principle, there can be reasons not to achieve transparency. An obvious reason is the need to keep sources confidential, which usually should be easy to decide. Another reason, which is for example part of the APSR guidelines, is that the ...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: III.4. Set-Theoretic Analytical Approaches, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Topic: QCA-related issues
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: QCA-related issues

Again, these are excellent points that demonstrate, in my view, that QCA/configurational methods are getting increasingly similar to quantitative methods, but that we have to catch up in terms of making material and the tools we use transparent. The question is not whether R is used; the question is...
by ingorohlfing
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: III.4. Set-Theoretic Analytical Approaches, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Topic: QCA-related issues
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: QCA-related issues

Alrik makes many good points I briefly want to follow up on. Unfortunately, I think that many issues are not a problem of policy, but of politics, meaning that there largely is agreement what should be done; the problem is to get them implemented (which of course does not speak against the issues th...
by ingorohlfing
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?

I think Macartan was not entirely clear about the difference between expectations and observations. You cannot specify in advance what you observe because this is too specific. However, in confirmatory research you can specify in advance what you expect and not expect on a theoretical level. Fortuna...
by ingorohlfing
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?

I guess there are different views on what the most salient contrast is, but I think it is the difference between what you are uncertain about (frequentism = data, Bayesianism = hypothesis, to cut it short). However, it seems a little bit farfetched to me to say that any non-frequentist use of probab...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: II.1. Text-based sources
Topic: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Benefits of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources

This is a very interesting post and it seems like you put a lot of effort into your TRAX. I understand there are concerns about how reviewers respond to a TRAX, but I do not share them. If a reviewer wants to bring you down, the reviewer will find a way. If you have a TRAX, it might be something in ...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: II.1. Text-based sources
Topic: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Benefits and Costs of Increasing Transparency for Text and Non Text Based Sources

This is an interesting point I did not know before. But I do not see an inherent problem here. If an archive imposes such constraints, they are publicly documented somehow and should be reported in the publication. Nobody can expect one to be more transparent than an archive allows one to be. To get...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: I.1. Ontological/Epistemological Priors
Topic: Dishonesty in research raises concern
Replies: 28
Views: 4312

Re: Dishonesty in research raises concern

I am not sure that journals would require the publication of field notes, but I understand there is a point of concern. Dishonesty is only one reason for increased transparency. It is a quantitative example, but the case of LaCour would have never been a case if he had not published the data of his ...
by ingorohlfing
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: III.4. Set-Theoretic Analytical Approaches, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Topic: QCA-related issues
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: QCA-related issues

A truth table analysis and a statistical analysis are based on different (ontological and epistemological) premises, but they are implemented with software in a more or less standardized way. In general, the transparency requirements for a truth table analysis are the same as for quantitative resear...
by ingorohlfing
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?

I agree with Macartan and Hillel (as I understand him) that analytic transparency does not require Bayesianism. Process tracing is not intransparent if one does not specify a prior, it is simply not Bayesian. One might prefer Bayesian process tracing to any non-Bayesian variant of process tracing, b...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: Transparency in case selection
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Re: Transparency in case selection

There is growing skepticism about what is reported in non-preregistered research. Besides that I do not see a reason to conceal the actual case selection process, there are good reasons for walking the reader through the actual case selection process because it might diffuse such concerns. For me, t...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: How can we draw on existing practices?
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: Exemplars of process tracing and historical analysis

Andy Bennett makes an excellent point by pointing to the QDR pilot projects. In addition to people who posted their material ex post, it would be particularly interesting to learn about the experiences of qualitative researchers who try to achieve transparency at the moment and, probably, use differ...
by ingorohlfing
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?

Thanks for the detailed and excellent post. I do not see why your criteria would not fit DART. I believe some criteria do not necessarily imply a Bayesian perspective (priors do, of course). Does this mean qualitative research should become more Bayesian and transparent on Bayesian ground? Is Bayesi...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

What problem does access to evidence and transparency address?

The debate about access to data and transparency is anchored in the aim to solve specific problems (see slide show on http://www.dartstatement.org/). What problems do access and transparency diminish, in your view? If you can think of problems, can you imagine alternative instruments or policies wor...
by ingorohlfing
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: III.1. Comparative methods and process tracing
Topic: Transparency in case selection
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Re: Transparency in case selection

I read this as an argument against the use of predefined types of cases and using them in any design. Is this correct? This is an interesting thought. However, it seems to imply that there is no transparency issue per se. It would be more a matter of making transparent whether one proceeds explorato...

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