NVivo Software for Qualitative Data Analysis
RCBN training workshops on using QSR NVivo software for qualitative analysis were held at Newcastle University Department of Education on the 10th June and Cardiff University School of Social Sciences on 25th June. Ann Lewins delivered the training in Newcastle and her colleague from Surrey University, Christina Silver, taught the Cardiff workshop.
The training was originally requested by TLRP researchers in Newcastle but after advertising the workshop the demand was sufficient to require two events. These were identical in terms of content but an effort was made to locate them in different geographical regions in order to minimise the travel time of potential attendees.
Both workshops were very successful, as is evidenced in the responses to the evaluation. Two written forms were used to evaluate the training – one to be filled in by the participants immediately after the workshop and one to be completed one week after the event.
Organisation of the event
The trainer / convenor
The pace of the training
"[needed] more time, possibly with a view to enabling participants to try the software on their own data (or a given data set)"
" to use the package properly need two days"
Training room and venue facilities
"a) organise things well in advance b) set documents etc. well in advance c) information on timetable/contents d) more structured exercises/trials"
It should be considered, however, that the unanticipated need to arrange a second event and the associated requirement to allocate applicants to the different venues delayed both the confirmation of places at each workshop and the sending out of the relevant literature.
Personal and event objectives
"I would have liked to try out some of my own data - however this was not possible in the time available"
"I had anticipated longer to practice with my own data"
"the possibility of saving the work for use with a NVivo programme at home"
One respondent mentioned that, although all the advertised event objectives had been met:
"A personal objective - not part of this event - was to see how NVivo compared with another software package, Atlas ti. A training event in Atlas ti would then meet this personal comparative objective."
Main/most valuable benefits
Improved performance (knowledge/skills/attitude)
"little impact on knowledge and skills - but not time for that"
The ability to make informed decisions relating to the use of software for qualitative analysis was specified on three occasions:
"ability to use the NVivo package and decide whether it would be appropriate to use it"
"enables informed choice of software package"
"Prior to the course I would probably have relied on text concordancing software. NVivo is more sophisticated and flexible"
Knowledge relating to the data requirements of the software was also remarked upon. One researcher felt that the workshop would help by:
"aiding forward planning re: analysis and allocation of roles within the analysis"
Whilst another commented that she would now be able to:
"both plan how data is to be developed in its raw form and then use these in the management of the project data"
Benefits to future work
"I was happy with the workshop"
"I am now ready to go … thanks"
"I am very happy to have done it!"
"Valuable: good size group"
Two comments not covered in the above sections related to the food provided:
"…small things - I had requested vegetarian food: almost nothing I could eat for lunch."
"It's not a gourmet outing."
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This page was last updated 18th February 2004