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Workshop 2 – Using NVivo 11 to Analyse Data I

22nd Jun 2017 9:00am-12:00pm

In Workshop 2 you will learn how to import, classify, code and begin to analyse your data using NVivo 11. Two weeks prior to Workshop 2, you will be emailed a link to a short survey that will ask you questions about your research and how you envisage using NVivo. This will be taken into account in the material covered in Workshops 2 & 3.

Workshop 2 is hands on and is designed to give you familiarity with:

  1. Importing data and datasets into NVivo
  2. Organising data in logical ways
  3. Classifying data using attributes and values
  4. Coding data
  5. Querying data in simple ways


  • Basic familiarity with NVivo interface (equivalent to Workshop 1)
  • Soft copies of data collected for your research


To get maximum benefit from the workshops you are asked to bring soft copies of primary data/datasets, this may include audio recordings and transcriptions of interviews and focus groups, filmed observations, datasets in spreadsheet format or links to online feeds.  Not only will you gain familiarity with using NVivo’s tools you will also be working through your specific research questions and problems.

If you are yet to collect data for your research you will be provided with a sample dataset to use for practice. This will give you familiarity with the tools.

You may like to work on your own laptop if you have NVivo installed.

Topics covered

Quick revision from Workshop 1 – demonstration of the main features covered in Workshop 1: NVivo 11 workspace; producing internal documents; importing sources and manual coding. Note: this will be approx. 10 minutes only to prompt your memory and for you to note down any areas where assistance may be needed during the workshop.

Importing data – how to import audio-visual data (for list of compatible file formats view link); preparing and importing datasets from Excel; importing documents and PDFs.

Working with transcriptions - how to create and/or import transcriptions

Sorting data – examining a logical approach to sorting your data, reflections (e.g. memos), draft writing and research journal. Learning NVivo’s sorting tools.

Setting up a coding tree using nodes – how to create a coding tree with associated operational definitions; the different types of coding; considering coding hierarchies; how to move and merge codes.

Creating cases and attributes – understanding the rationale for setting up cases and attributes; what is a unit of analysis; node classifications; source classifications; classification sheets.

Preparation for Workshop 3 (a.k.a homework):

  1. Refine the unit or units of analysis in your research
  2. Consider what attributes and associated values may be needed for your research
  3. Using the Nvivo’s Classifications menu, set up the attributes and values in NVivo or revise as needed
  4. Refine your NVivo coding tree remembering to include operational definitions for each code (node) using node > node properties > description.
  5. Note down questions for Workshop 3


Date: Thursday 22 June, 2017
Time: 9am - 12pm
Location: Lab 2, Codrington Building (H69), The University of Sydney Business School


Please register online by 15 June 2017. Due to the structure of the workshop places are limited. A light lunch will be served, please advise of any dietary requirements.

If you have any questions please email Josephine Fleming.