Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) : a one day methods summer school

Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) : a one day methods summer school

Monday 18th September, 2017

Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton BN1 9 PH.  UK

10.00am to 4.00pm

Cost: £92.00, including lunch

To be led by Prof. Phil Haynes

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Bursaries available

Thanks to the generous support of the ESRC CECAN programme and the University of Brighton Research Office, we are now looking to allocate a number of places covered by bursary funding.

Please note that bursaries will cover the cost of attendance, but do not cover travel and subsistence.


This training offers the chance to learn the basics of a new mixed method called DPS, that uses both Cluster Analysis and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to identify dynamic patterns in longitudinal small sample data. For example, for comparing patterns over time in the paths taken by countries, regions or organisations. The method also has some potential to examine small samples of individuals.


The summer school will:

  • Explain the basics of the DPS method
  • Allow participants to try out the basics of the methods using SPSS and Excel –  this to run through the different stages of the research.
  • Encourage participants to begin using the method with their own dataset, if they wish, (or using available data made available).


A number of bursaries are available to cover the cost of those attending.

  • Eight ESRC CECAN bursaries to support those wishing to attend who have research roles that link to evaluating public policy and/or public practice (you can be based within government, or the academic community)
  • Seven University of Brighton bursaries to support researchers working for charitable and non-government organisations


Applications for places supported with bursaries are now open until mid-July. 

To apply for a bursary place e mail the course leader Phil Haynes  p.haynes@brighton.ac.uk

For background information about the development of DPS see the ESRC CECAN YouTube site at: https://youtu.be/W9RPg7EgOUQ

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