Introduction to NVivo

Key points

  • This online course teaches you the basic and advanced features of NVivo for qualitative analysis
  • You will learn to set-up an NVivo project, code qualitative data, seek patterns and present qualitative findings
  • This course can be taken on its own or as part of the ECPR training tracks.

This short course gives an insight into NVivo’s potential for managing, coding, analysing and visualising qualitative data. Course content is spread over four modules and includes topics such as the following: setting up a project; organising data; preparing text and multimedia sources; managing a literature review; coding and analysing data; seeking patterns and identifying relationships; and presenting findings with visualisations. As this is a crash course, only key features of NVivo are taught. The course is entirely hands-on and uses sample data so that participants can practise using NVivo’s basic and advanced functionalities. No time is allocated to working on your own data in class; however, the day’s assignment focuses on working in NVivo using your own data. Note that this course does not cover the foundations of qualitative analysis (for this kind of course, see Qualitative Data Analysis offered the week after at the ECPR Virtual Winter School) or methods to analyse qualitative data in NVivo, such as thematic analysis, grounded theory, etc. (for this kind of course, see the Method Courses here.

Although no previous knowledge of NVivo is required, participants should have some familiarity with qualitative research.

15-19 March 2021, with 2 hours of live teaching per day with Zoom.

This course is taught entirely online in association with University of Leuven at the ECPR Virtual Winter School 2021.

Register in the ECPR website.

See the ECPR website.

Combining courses
This course can be taken as part of the ECPR training tracks. For further information, see the ECPR website.


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As a freelance methodologist, I train social scientists and humanitarian practitioners in qualitative analysis, decolonising research and participatory methodologies. I coach research teams, teach doctoral-level courses in method schools and I consult for humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.

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