NVivo: software for qualitative data analysis

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Date: 11 October - 12 October 2018
Venue: Room 2B038, B Block, Frenchay Campus
Time: 09:30 - 16:30 on both days

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NVivo is designed to facilitate the management of qualitative research and analysis. A powerful and logical software, similar in architecture to Microsoft packages, NVivo supports a range of qualitative methodologies, particularly those that rely principally on coding as the means of conceptualisation.

It is also suitable for mixed methods projects. For more information about NVivo visit the website and see the review on the CAQDAS Networking Project.

This event is commissioned by the Graduate School for UWE Bristol postgraduate researchers and due to the high demand by researchers, we are unable to offer places to those studying at master's level. Please ensure that you have your own data to work with before registering to attend.

About the workshop

This two-day workshop provides the opportunity to gain a thorough introduction to NVivo and practice tasks using one's own data. The focus is on understanding software architecture in its entirety, recognising the importance of analytic planning, setting up projects efficiently, exploring, coding and querying data.

The first day uses sample data in order to become familiar with tools and functions, following through common tasks as a group and practicing exercises as individuals. Work is structured to provide step-by-step hands-on support and demonstrations from a range of projects to illustrate longer-term potential.

The second day provides participants with the opportunity to get started using NVivo with their own project data. This may comprise interview/focus-group transcripts, audiovisual data, documentary evidence, social media content etc. The first part of the second day focuses on translating the tasks explored on day one into practice. Individuals and teams work independently with the support of the tutor. The remainder of the day focuses on experimenting with more sophisticated interrogation tools. Possibilities and implications are discussed, demonstrated and practiced.

The workshop is accompanied by fully step-by-step documentation and is led by an expert user of NVivo who has been working with and training in qualitative software packages for many years. In the two day format there is time to discuss individual needs and particular methodological approaches.

Day One

We work together using sample data throughout day one. Tasks include project planning, project set-up (creation of structural framework for software project), early exploration tasks (data annotation, textual searching) and (thematic/conceptual) coding. The day begins with an overview of the logic of NVivo and a demonstration of a working project to illustrate the interface and introduce the concepts used and possibilities provided by NVivo.

Thereafter the group will start a brand new project together with the tutor, working through tasks and discussing implications for various types of data types and analyses.

The day will end with a discussion of the content to be covered in Day Two and the requirements in order to make the most of the remainder of the course. This will include discussion of efficient data preparation.

Day Two

These sessions will be more informal than those on Day One as participants begin by starting new projects using their own data. During the first session participants work independently, following tasks outlined by the tutor which have been practised on Day One. During this session the tutor will speak individually with participants about their projects and discuss particular issues or questions arising. The remainder of the day focuses on more sophisticated uses of NVivo tools, according to the needs of the group.

Data to bring for Day Two

We will discuss data during Day One, including efficient means of preparing and formatting structured data if applicable (e.g. focus-group data, field notes, structured interview schedules, certain types of documentary evidence etc.). You will gain more out of Day Two if you bring a few files of each type that will contribute to your project if possible, rather than bringing many files of the same type. This will enable you to experiment with the way software tools can be manipulated to suit the analytic needs of different types of data.

If you are at the early stages of your project and are yet to collect data simply bring along any textual information which is relevant to your topic or method, for example, literature articles (pdf's are fine), your project proposal, any notes you have from team meetings or supervisions.


The workshop is facilitated by Dr Christina Silver or Dr Sarah Bulloch (University of Surrey and QDA Services) both experienced researchers and users of various computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software packages.

Who is it for

This event is aimed at postgraduate researchers. Please be aware that, due to high demand, the maximum number of places that can be offered is 14 researchers and a waiting list will operate should it become oversubscribed.

There is a significant financial cost to the Graduate School in offering this course, therefore please ensure that you are able to commit to attending both days and should you subsequently find that you cannot attend, you must let us know by emailing skillsdevelopment@uwe.ac.uk as soon as you are reasonably able to do so, we can then offer your place to the waiting list.

A cancellation charge will apply for non-attendance or cancellation made less than five working days before the event.

Please refer to the researcher skills development workshop cancellation process and late cancellation charges policy.

Cost: Free to postgraduate researchers
Contact: Helen Mulligan
Telephone: +44(0)117 3281072
E-mail: skillsdevelopment@uwe.ac.uk

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