Overall, 93% of all evaluations showed that participants were extremely satisfied (5/5) with the first edition of the Summer School in 2017.
Specifically, here is what some of them had to say about whether and how the Summer School was beneficial to them:
‘The summer school has been wonderful. The courses were accessible, yet challenging and I learned a great deal. I feel that the connections that I have made have been wonderful and I am happy to be a part of this broader network of female political scientists.’
‘In several ways: first, I could realize my project, second I gained new knowledge and a starting point in methods I did not knew before, third this it was a very encouraging atmosphere with great participants, fourth due to this atmosphere I felt encouraged to ask questions that I did not ask before in methods classes. Finally: being taught and getting help by the experts in the field.’
‘Practical knowledge in terms of coding, better understanding of the underlying logic of different R packages, meeting with peers and team building (the atmosphere in the group was very inclusive and positive).’
‘I really liked that participants were only women, and women in different stages of their career (students, PhD-students, post-docs, professors). It was interesting and encouraging to share experiences with other females doing/teaching methods. What I also appreciated was the opportunity to see more senior female researchers in methodology, how different they were and how differently they achieved their success – also to have a larger variation in picking a (female) role model.’