Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Key points

  • This course teaches the key concepts of qualitative data analysis using NVivo
  • You will learn to code and analysis qualitative data according to different qualitative methodologies
  • The course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with methodological seminars or method courses.

This course is the perfect blend of theory of qualitative data analysis and its applications in NVivo. It is the course you need if you want to acquire a solid methodological basis when using NVivo that is informed by the key concepts and phases that shape the process of qualitative data analysis. The course is structured around four modules that follow the logical sequence of the qualitative analysis process.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish ontology from epistemology and how they shape social science
  • Understand the influence they have on choosing one’s qualitative methodology
  • Determine what method of qualitative analysis is best suited for one’s study
  • Set-up an NVivo project and organise a qualitative dataset
  • Annotate and cross-reference sources from literature review
  • Code qualitative data inductively and deductively
  • Distinguish between a theme- versus design-based coding scheme
  • Test hypotheses from theory and generate new ones from the data
  • Seek patterns based on cooccurrence, proximity or sequence across themes
  • Report the process of qualitative data analysis transparently and convincingly.

The course is entirely hands-on and uses sample data to learn NVivo’s functionalities. Some time is also allocated to work on one’s own data. Although the course does not teach the use of NVivo for specific methods of qualitative analysis, case examples from published studies that used qualitative content analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theory and cross-case analysis will be presented.

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

Two days from 9:00 to 16:00. The course can be shortened to a day upon request.

Online using Zoom or by invitation in universities and research centres. The course is capped at 16 participants.

The course combines short lectures, demos, hands-on exercises and group work.

Fee depends on the course duration, number of participants and any prep work for a bespoke application to your research context. Please email me for more information.

Combining courses
This course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with more advanced 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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