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Learning causal data analysis with Coincidence Analysis from the ground up, with practical application to health equity and health services.

May 20 – 23, 2024  |  Register now

Workshop Description

This workshop offers an intensive 4-day introduction to causal modeling with Coincidence Analysis (CNA), a novel configurational comparative method of data analysis geared towards causal complexity, which has seen a considerable uptick in applications in recent years (click here for references). No prior knowledge of CNA is required.

In plenary lectures, the main developer of CNA, Michael Baumgartner, and a team of experienced CNA methodologists and practitioners will guide participants through the nuts and bolts of configurational data analysis as well as cutting-edge methodological innovations. In smaller practice groups, the instructors will demonstrate how to make the most of current software for CNA and offer advice on practical issues, such as getting funded and published with CNA.

From Boolean algebra and the philosophical roots of regularity theories of causation, over the basic ideas behind CNA’s search algorithm, and measures of fit to multi-outcome structures, model ambiguities, and robustness analyses this introduction will enable participants to conduct CNA analyses themselves and review those of other researchers in a sophisticated manner. This will also be an opportunity to get to know researchers working with and on CNA from all over the world.

A tentative program is available here.

RUSH University Medical Center/RUSH, the host for this groundbreaking workshop, is strongly committed to addressing health inequities that affect Chicago’s community, particularly in those neighborhoods surrounding our academic medical center. For this workshop, we will draw from Chicago neighborhood health data to craft practice sessions using real data drawn from health care and community practice to apply a health equity lens to configurational data analysis with CNA. RUSH faculty experienced in health equity and CNA will help to guide these practical sessions.

On the two days after the workshop (May 24-25), there will be a conference on CNA at the same venue in Chicago. Participants of the training workshop will be invited to attend that conference as well. (More information on that conference is available here.) Moreover, the instructors will remain available for consultation after the event to help participants with the methodological and practical aspects of their research projects.


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Venue for CNA Workshop

This intensive workshop will take place in Chicago, IL, USA, often called "the Windy City." Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. and is home to a myriad of arts, culture, food, music and recreational gems. Known for the beauty of the Lake Michigan shore, Chicago also boasts some of the most interesting and beautiful architecture in the country, which can be enjoyed on a guided boat cruise down the Chicago River. A city of neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves, there are many places to walk and experience the vibrant international midwestern metropolis.



Registration is now open here.

  • Early-bird fee for registrations no later than January 31, 2024, is $850.
  • Starting February 1, 2024, the standard fee for registrations will be $950.

A limited number of discounted registrations will be available for RUSH affiliated participants and trainees (including doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, or fellows in health sciences training programs). RUSH affiliated participants and trainees who are interested in discounted registration should send an email to to receive a discount code. All participants must register by April 30, 2024.

Category Early-Bird Rate
(No later than January 31, 2024)
Regular Rate
(No later than April 30, 2024)
Single, Regular Participant $850 $950


Additionally, we will offer a small number of tuition scholarships to people without sufficient institutional funding, such as partners in community-based organizations. If you are interested in a scholarship, please email directly for more information.

To create the best learning experience, attendance will be limited. Once the workshop has filled, we will maintain a waiting list in case spots become available.

Registration fees include tuition as well as continental breakfasts, lunches, coffee break catering, as well as one workshop dinner.

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Main Instructor

Michael Baumgartner

Michael C. Baumgartner, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of Bergen, Norway

Additional Presentations By

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Veli Pekka Kalevi Parkkinen

Department of Philosophy
University of Bergen, Norway

Luna De Souter

Luna De Souter

PhD Candidate
Department of Philosophy
University of Bergen, Norway

Martyna Swiatczak

Martyna Daria Swiatczak

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Philosophy
University of Bergen, Norway

Edward J. Miech

Edward Miech, EdD

Research Scientist
William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research
Regenstrief Institute, USA

Jonathan Simões Freitas, PhD

Jonathan Simões Freitas, PhD

Management Sciences
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Deborah Cragun

Deborah Cragun, PhD

Associate Professor & Director, Genetic Counseling
University of South Florida

Institutional Sponsors

Theodore J. Corbin

Theodore J. Corbin, MD, MPP

Chairperson and Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine, RUSH Medical College

John Rich

John A. Rich, MD, MPH

RUSH BMO Institute for Health Equity at RUSH University Medical Center

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