Introduction to NVivo

Key points

  • This course teaches basic and advanced features of NVivo 12 for Windows and Mac
  • You will learn to set up a project, code, retrieve and visualise data
  • This course can be taken as a standalone unit or combined with another methodological seminar or any of the method courses.


This course provides a comprehensive overview of how to use NVivo for qualitative data analysis. It is the course you need if you already have experience in qualitative analysis and want to learn the added value of using qualitative software to save time, manage large amounts of data efficiently, triangulate different data sources seamlessly, improve the auditability of your research and conduct the analysis in a flexible, yet rigorous manner. The course is structured around four modules that follow the logical sequence of the qualitative analysis process. You will learn to prepare textual data; import and organise a qualitative dataset in NVivo; manage a literature review; perform automated and manual coding; work with cases and variables; seek patterns and relationship across themes; present findings with visualisations and coordinate teamwork. The course is entirely hands-on and uses sample data to learn NVivo’s functionalities. Note that this course does not teach the use of NVivo for specific analytical methods. For such course, see the courses on qualitative content analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theory and cross-case analysis here.

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

Two days from 9:00 to 17:00. The course can be shortened to one day on request.

This course is taught by invitation only in universities, research centres or institutions. Maximum 15 participants.

Teaching methods
This course is entirely hands-on. Participants work with sample data, although they may work on their own data for the last hour of the course.

Depends on course duration. Please email me for more information.

Combining courses
This course can be taken alone or in conjunction with other related courses. It can be taught before, after or simultaneously with any of the methodological seminars or method courses.


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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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