Handling data with NVivo

Introduction to computer-assisted text analysis – handling data with NVivo


the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences research degree candidates (specifically research students in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law)


Wednesdays 14, 28 August and 4 September (last 2 sessions have been rescheduled from 21 & 28 August)


9.30am–1.30pm.  The last hour of each session is allocated for students’ individual questions and independent work with assistance from the instructor.


Computer Lab 224, Education Building A35


Dr Lina Markauskaite, Senior Lecturer (eResearch), CoCo


Registration is now closed.  The workshop is FULL.


  • Good familiarity with qualitative methodologies and techniques
  • Advanced (upper intermediate) word processing skills

Workshop summary

This hands-on workshop aims to provide participants with initial knowledge to start their own NVivo research project and sufficient competences to learn more advanced techniques of computer-assisted text, video, audio and other data analysis independently. Each session consists of the introduction to general qualitative data handling and analysis principles mixed with participants’ hands on work trying these techniques in NVivo. A list of self-learning resources for follow-up learning of new computer-assisted data handling and analysis techniques will be provided.

The introductory workshop will cover the following core topics:

Session 1: Participants will learn to setup a new project, prepare and handle documents in NVivo and annotate texts.

Session 2: Participants will be introduced to coding. They will learn key principles of text coding and will be introduced to some multimodal data handling and coding techniques, including images, video and audio.

Session 3: Participants will learn a range of coding techniques, including descriptive, topical and analytical coding, inductive and deductive approaches.


An exemplary NVivo dataset will be provided for demonstrating new techniques. You are encouraged to bring your own data for individual work.

Follow-up session – exploring qualitative data

For: Research students in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Date: Friday 6 September (rescheduled from 30 August) - This session is FULL.
Time: 9.30am–1.30pm. The last hour of the session is allocated for students’ individual questions and discussion.
Venue Computer Lab 224, Education Building A35
Facilitator: Dr Lina Markauskaite, Senior Lecturer (eResearch), CoCo
Registration: Registration is now closed.  The session is FULL.


Workshop summary

This follow-up session of Computer-assisted data analysis will focus on case analysis and core data querying techniques. It will cover key aspects of case management in Nvivo, including how to define attributes, work with casebooks, and how to work with cases. Most of the workshop time will be allocated for different techniques for exploring patterns in qualitative data. Participants will explore standard NVivo examples and create their own cases, queries and matrices.
The session is designed for intermediate/advanced NVivo users. Students can come to this class immediately after the introductory NVivo workshop or join this session separately. Participants who have their own coded data are encouraged to bring their NVivo Project to the workshop.