9:45am - 4:15pm
Wednesday 5 December 2018

Audio-visual and textual analysis using Transana

This one day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of Transana and an opportunity for participants to practice tasks using sample data.

from £135.00 to £225.00

Department of Sociology, Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH
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Transana supports the management and analysis of audiovisual and textual data.

This one day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of Transana and an opportunity for participants to practice tasks using their own data. The focus is on gaining confidence in setting up a project efficiently, managing and organising data, exploring and conceptualising data and interrogating and visualising data. 

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 Transana and the use of tools for analytic tasks
  • Individual Support – time for participants to discuss their projects with the tutor

Participants are encouraged to bring their own research materials to work with (this could include transcribed primary data, literature files, reports pertinent to the project, etc.), although sample materials can also be provided. 

Please note: This is a bring your own laptop workshop – you will need to have installed the latest version of Transana on your laptop before arriving at the workshop – the software can be downloaded from Transana.

Course overview

  • Principles of using Transana
  • 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

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the structure of Transana and how it 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 Transana tools powerfully
  • Set-up an Transana project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses
  • Identify Transana tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued Transana use

Course leaders

Dr Christina Silver is the manager of the CAQDAS networking project and has been working with and teaching a range of CAQDAS packages for many years. She is co-author with Ann Lewins of Using software in qualitative research: a step-by-step guide, and the five-level QDA method, with Nicholas Woolf. 

Entry requirements

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

Level of study

Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge).


Varies according to status:

  • £225 - Government/commercial sector
  • £175 - Educational/charitable sector 
  • £135 - Students.

Preparatory reading

Participants are requested to read the Trasana review before attending this course.


Please be aware that you may be required to bring your own laptop with any specified software already installed.

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