9:30am - 5pm
Monday 11 May - Wednesday 13 May 2020

Computer-assisted qualitative and mixed methods data analysis: Harnessing NVivo

Qualitative and mixed methods researchers are increasingly making use of advanced computer software packages to enhance the research process and facilitate more in-depth, multi-layered analytic approaches. NVivo is one of the leading Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages designed to facilitate the range of qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. It is widely used to undertake literature reviews, systematise analyses, aid transparency, make projects portable and work in teams. NVivo facilitates the management and analysis of text, spreadsheet, pdf, image, social media, audio and video data, making it a relevant tool for flexible work across disciplines and sectors.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the role of NVivo in the analytic workflow, it’s architecture and available tools, and instruction in how to harness it powerfully for analytic tasks. This workshop is framed by the Five-Level QDA® method, a CAQDAS pedagogy designed to enable researchers to develop the expertise they need in NVivo, whatever the research objectives and methodology.  

from £395.00 to £595.00

University of Surrey


Indicative content includes:

  • Differentiating analytic strategies and software tactics
  • NVivo features, components and tools
  • Analytic planning in the context of NVivo use
  • Setting up an NVivo project to reflect initial analytic design
  • Representing conceptual frameworks using maps
  • Strategies for using NVivo to undertake a literature review
  • Exploring data qualitatively and quantitatively: word frequency, text search and annotations
  • Conceptualising qualitative data: coding, memoing, linking
  • Organising data to factual characteristics: cases, attributes, sets & search folders
  • Identifying patterns, relationships and anomolies using query and visualisation tools

Representing and reporting on findings


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

  • Distinguish and separate analytic strategies and software tactics (T)
  • Have an appropriate mind-set for harnessing NVivo’s tools (C,K)
  • Have a detailed understanding of the architecture, functioning and flexibility of NVivo (K,P)
  • Develop technical and practical skills in the use of software for qualitative analysis (P,T)
  • Be able to translate analytic tasks into NVivo tools using the Five-Level QDA method (C,P)
  • Be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the QDA approach (C/K)
  • Communicate their process and findings (T,P)Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills


Christina Silver, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in using NVivo and other computer assisted qualitative data analysis programmes for many different types of projects, across academic disciplines, and in applied, government and commercial contexts. She particularly interested in the relationship between technology and methodology and improving the teaching of computer-assisted analysis. Her training focusses on harnessing NVivo powerfully, using the Five-Level QDA® method (www.fivelevelqda.com) which she developed with Nicholas Woolf. The Five-Level QDA method is not a new or different way of doing analysis, but a method of learning appropriate and powerful use of qualitative software whatever the methodology. Christina is Research Fellow at the University of Surrey where she manages the CAQDAS Networking Project and the co-directs the Sociology Day Courses Programme. She is Director of QDA Services Ltd.


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Pre-course reading on principles of using NVivo, the basics of qualitative analysis, and the CAQDAS pedagogy used in this course (the Five-Level QDA® method):

  • Woolf, N & Silver, C​. (2018) Qualitative analysis using NVivo: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge.
  • Chapters 2 & 7 of Silver C. & Lewins A (2014) Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications

Silver, C & Bulloch S (2018) NVivo 12 Distinguishing features and functions, CAQDAS Networking Project.

*Participants on the course will include some students completing the MSc in Social Research Methods.



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