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 course is designed for researchers who plan to use NVivo to manage, code, and analyse qualitative data and present qualitative findings in articles, reports or theses. This is the course you need if you are looking for training in using a qualitative software that supports the research process from beginning to end. The course is structured around four modules that address the following topics: importing and organising a dataset in NVivo; managing a literature review; autocoding structured data and coding  data inductively; reporting the coding process; seeking patterns and identifying relationships during analysis; using visualisations to present qualitative findings; sharing NVivo projects and coordinating team work. The course is entirely hands-on and uses sample data to practise using NVivo’s functionalities. Please note that this course does not teach qualitative data analysis in NVivo based on specific methods such as thematic analysis, content analysis, grounded theory, etc. (for such course see Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis I teach at the ECPR Winter School or as freelance).​

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

Daily, 2-hour synchronous sessions with Zoom from 15-19 March 2021 and asynchronous pre-recorded lectures.

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.

Key readings

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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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