I graduated from Essex University in 1997 in Politics and Sociology, after which I came to Surrey and completed the Social Research Methods M.Sc. with distinction and obtained ESRC funded PhD comparing the development of school-based sex education in England and Wales and the Netherlands in 2002.
I've been working with the CAQDAS Networking Project (CNP) since 1998 and I now manage the project. The CNP provides platforms of debate concerning the use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages. We train students and researchers in a number of CAQDAS packages, run an advisory telephone help-line, website, the 'qualitative software' electronic discussion list and develop and teach new courses. I also advise and train research teams on their use of CAQDAS software.
I have also been commissioned to carry out research projects for a number of independent organisations including a collaborative Action Research Project between East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the Centre for the Development of Health Care Policy and Practice (CDNPP) at Leeds University and the Facilities Management Graduate Centre (FMGC) at Sheffield Hallam University.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project
I am interested in the relationship between qualitative/mixed methodology and technology - specifically the use of dedicated CAQDAS packages, and in CAQDAS pedagogy.
Co-author of the Five-Level QDA(R) method - a CAQDAS pedagogy
Silver C & Lewins A (2020) Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research, in Leavy, P (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Oxford University Press.
Silver C & Woolf N (2019) The Five-Level QDA Method. Foundation entry. Sage Methods Foundations.
Silver C & Woolf N (2019) Case Study: Using the Five-Level QDA Method with Dedoose in Salmona, M., Lieber, E. and Kaczynski, D., Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research Across the Social Sciences. SAGE Publications.
Paulus TM, Pope EM, Woolf N & Silver C (2018): It will be very helpful once I understand ATLAS.ti”: Teaching ATLAS.ti using the Five-Level QDA method, International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Woolf, N & Silver, C. (2018) Qualitative analysis using ATLAS.ti: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge.
Woolf, N & Silver, C. (2018) Qualitative analysis using MAXQDA: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge.
Woolf, N & Silver, C. (2018) Qualitative analysis using NVivo: The Five-Level QDA Method, Routledge.
Silver C. (2018) CAQDAS at a Crossroads: Choices, Controversies and Challenges. In: Costa A., Reis L., Souza F., Moreira A. (eds) Computer Supported Qualitative Research. ISQR 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 621. Springer, Cham
Bulloch, SL. Silver, C. & Fielding, N. (2017) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research: exemplars, developments and challenges in Willig, C. & Stainton-Rogers, W. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. SAGE
Silver, C. & Bulloch, SL. (2016) CAQDAS at a crossroads: affordances of technology in an online environment in Fielding, N. & Lee, R. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. SAGE.
Silver C, & Woolf, N (2015) “From guided instruction to facilitation of learning: The development of Five-level QDA as a CAQDAS pedagogy that explicates the practices of expert users” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 18, Issue 5. pp527-543
Silver C. (2015) Participatory approaches to social research. In Gilbert N & Stoneman P. (eds.). Researching Social Life. 4th Edition. Sage Publications.
Silver C, Rivers, C (2015) “The CAQDAS Postgraduate Learning Model: an interplay between methodological awareness, analytic adeptness and technological proficiency”, International Journal of Social Research Methods, Vol. 19,pp 5. p593-609
Silver C. & Lewins A (2014) Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2e. Sage Publications
Silver C. (2014) ‘Software Review: QDA Miner (WordStat and SimStat)’. Journal for Mixed Methods Research 1(2)
Evers, J & Silver, C (2014). Conference Report: The First ATLAS.ti User Conference. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(1), Art. 19
Silver, C., & Rivers, C. (2014). Learning from the learners: The role of technology acceptance and adoption theories in understanding researchers’ early experiences with CAQDAS packages. ATLAS.ti User Conference 2013: Fostering Dialog on Qualitative Methods; Proceedings Christina Silver & Jennifer Patashnick (2011) 'Finding Fidelity : Advancing Audiovisual Analysis using Software', FQS 12(1), Thematic Issue: Is Qualitative Software Really Comparable?
Silver C & Lewins A (2010) 'Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis' in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education, Vol 6, pp 326-334. Oxford: Elsevier
Silver C & Fielding N (2008) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research, in Willig C & Stainton-Rogers W (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, London, Sage Publications.
Silver C (2008) 'Participatory Approaches to Social Research' in Gilbert N (ed.) Researching Social Life, 3rd Edition, Sage Publications, London
Lewins A & Silver C (2007) Using Software in Qualitative Research : A Step-by-step Guide, Sage Publications, London
Hosie, A. & Silver C (2001) Overcoming the first hurdle: Young People and access to sexualhealth services in Scotland, England, Finland and the Netherlands. Working Paperpresented at the European Population Conference, Helsinki, 2001(www.vaestoliitto.fi/toimintayksikot/vaestontukimuslaitos/eapkonferenssi/abstracts.html#Papers)
O'Neill, F & Silver C (2002) 'Improving Patients' Hospital Experience: Team-working and the Integration of Non-clinical and Clinical Roles', Practice Development in Health Care Vol. 1. No. 2 pp98-103