This website provides a range of resources for researchers using software to support the process of qualitative data analysis. Although there is some discussion in places about methodological approaches and analytic strategies in the support section, we generally assume that researchers come to this website with an idea of how they will go about analysing their data.
If, however, you need more advice on qualitative data analysis please visit our sister project, Online QDA which has been designed specifically to address common problems in using qualitative data analysis methods. This site provides comprehensive introductory information and links to other methodologically specific resources. For more information on our relationship with the Online QDA project please see Online QDA in the collaboration section.
We have no commercial links to any software developer or supplier enabling us to provide independent advice about software. Information about the support materials, including the rationale behind their development and the kinds of user we have in mind when designing them can be found below.
- Choosing software: information to assist in making an informed decision between software packages
- Planning for the use of software: information about factors to consider when planning for the use of software in different types of qualitative research project
- Team-based research: information about planning for and using CAQDAS packages in team-based projects
- Analytic tasks and software tools: information and discussion about using qualitative software tools to support certain qualitative analytic tasks
- Analysing survey data: comparative information about using CAQDAS packages to analyse open-ended questions to survey data
- Analysing audiovisual data in CAQDAS packages : general information about preparing and using audiovisual data in CAQDAS packages
- Integrating geographical data: discussion and support for integrating geographical data and analyses using CAQDAS packages
About the QUIC online materials
QUIC’s training and capacity building online materials concern the use of software to support qualitative research in various methodological and practical settings. We aim to provide ideas about how you may creatively manipulate software for your own needs rather than to promote an ‘ideal’ way of using any software package or tool. The development of these materials was based on the common issues and problems researchers encounter in using CAQDAS packages which we have come across in our work with researchers and software users since the inception of the CAQDAS networking project in 1994. We also tracked the way researchers learn about and use different CAQDAS packages to inform this work. See the working papers section for more info on our longitudinal user-tracking project or find out more about the history and remit of the CAQDAS networking project and QUIC.
The online materials developed by QUIC are split into two main types: the ‘generic’ and the ‘innovative’. Where relevant they are comparative, helping you to make informed choices between packages for practical or methodological reasons.
These materials are aimed primarily at researchers and students who are new to the use of CAQDAS packages. They do not assume any prior qualitative data analysis experience, although they will be useful to those who are making the switch from manual methods to the use of customised software. The development of these materials draw upon common questions which the CAQDAS networking project routinely receive and on data we are collecting from a longitudinal project tracking researchers’ use of software. Generic materials focus on choosing software, planning how to use the software most effectively and selecting tools for analytical and practical purposes.
Methodologically innovative materials
These materials are aimed primarily at experienced qualitative researchers and software users and/or those working in the areas of mixed methods research, qualitative geography or visual data analysis. A basic understanding of CAQDAS packages is assumed, although these materials may also be useful to those who have not used customised software previously, but who are interested in finding out more about technological and methodological advancements in qualitative research. Methodologically innovative materials focus on ways of undertaking mixed method analysis, analysing different forms of visual data and using geo-referencing tools in CAQDAS software packages.
Formats of QUIC online materials
We provide a range of online materials for different purposes including the following:
- Flow-chart style overviews
- Tabular and textual comparisons
- Pdf documents
- Video descriptions and explanations
Where there are outside websites and resources which provide additional related information we provide links.