Introduction to QDA Miner and Wordstat for qualitative content analysis

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Start date: To be confirmed

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Time commitment: 9:45am - 4pm


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QDA Miner and Wordstat are part of a suite of bespoke mixed methods analytic tools provided by Provalis Research. QDA Miner is a qualitative and mixed methods tool, providing powerful coding, annotating, retrieving and analyzing functions. WordStat is a text analysis tool providing sophisticated content analysis and text mining tools. Used together they provide sophisticated and flexible means to integrate qualitative and quantitative data and analyses, in ways unique in comparison to other options currently available. There is also a Lite version of QDA Miner, providing free access to the basic features of QDA Miner.

This one day course provides a general overview to the core functionality of QDA Miner with an introduction to the ways in which the use of WordStat can contribute to mixed methods analyses of textual data, including the building of dictionaries. It is suitable for those wanting to explore the possibilities of software which offers sophisticated content analysis and text mining functionality alongside a suite of qualitative analysis tools.

The course combines discussion, demonstration and hands-on work, including:

  • Contextual discussions – developmental, methodological and analytical principles
  • Software overview –interface, architecture, tools
  • Analytic planning – ensuring analytic strategies drive the appropriate use of software tools
  • Guided instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of NVivo and the use of tools for analytic tasks
  • Individual support – time for participants to discuss their projects with the tutor.

Please note: This course will use QDA Miner version 5 and WordStat version 8. The 30 day trial versions available from Provalis software are fine for the purposes of this course.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of QDA Miner and Wordstat and how they can be used throughout a research project
  • Navigate around the software and operate it to undertake analysis
  • Understand the importance of analytic planning in harnessing tools powerfully
  • Set-up a QDA Miner project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses
  • Identify tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued use.

Course content

  • Principles of using QDA Miner and Wordstat
  • Data preparation, import and organisation
  • Data exploration and familiarisation
  • Coding strategies – including appropriate uses of auto-coding
  • Use of writing and visualisation tools to reflect on data and processes
  • Querying and outputting.

Course leader

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Dr Christina Silver

Teaching Fellow

Reading list

You are required to read the QDA Miner and Wordstat review (PDF) before attending this course.

Entry requirements

This course assumes participants have a broad understanding of qualitative and/or mixed methods methodologies, but assumes no prior knowledge about QDA Miner or Wordstat.

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