Handling data with NVivo

Qualitative researchers conduct projects that require analysis and interpretation of different unstructured and semi-structured datasets, such as observations of how people behave and interact in various settings, focus groups, open and semi-structured interviews, field notes, documents and other rich qualitative data sets. Rigorous scholarly exploration of such datasets requires not only mastery of the analytical techniques that underpin different approaches of qualitative inquiry, but also mastery of analytical tools that support systematic, systemic and transparent data analysis and interpretation process.

“Handling data with Nvivo” is a series of two workshops that introduces qualitative researchers to the main principles of qualitative data management, analysis and interpretation using NVivo software. The “Introduction to computer-assisted text analysis – handling data with NVivo” consists of three half-day sessions in which participants learn core knowledge and skills needed to start a qualitative project, manage datasets, code data and do other basic kinds of qualitative data analysis. The follow-up half-day workshop “Exploring qualitative data” introduces to more advanced techniques for exploring coded datasets that underpin synthesis, theory testing and theory building, such as techniques for making comparisons between cases and looking for patterns in coded data.

These two workshops are designed for PhD students and other researchers who aim to gain initial practical skills of using NVivo software and general understanding of how ICT-based tools could support various aspects of qualitative data analysis.
The workshop series is part of a broader aspiration of the Office of Doctoral Studies to provide established and emerging researchers with opportunities to gain understanding and skills needed do conduct innovative high quality research studies.

These workshops are open to staff and higher-degree-research students in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, and Law).

Semester Two 2014 schedule


Any enquires please contact the Research Student Liaison Officer.