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Advanced NVivo workshop


Use NVivo like the experts do.  

This tailored advanced NVivo course allows you to move on with your analysis using NVivo. The workshop concentrates on the sophisticated uses of Nvivo tools for analysis. It focuses on ensuring projects are set-up efficiently and structured in ways that will enable systematic analysis and providing experience in using query tools to answer analytic questions.

​It follows the Five-Level QDA principles for harnessing NVivo powerfully, combining discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice with using NVivo, including:

  • 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


All our sessions are bespoke.


Although our courses are structured around a logical overview of the qualitative analysis process, we do not deliver mechanical, functional training.


We work closely with you to understand your particular needs and future use of the software and design the right content, providing participants with a real sense of how they can best utilise the software to meet their particular needs, rather than what the software will allow them to do in a general sense. 

The design of each course therefore varies between clients, but examples of what can be included:

  • coding retrieval and visualisation (nodes, coding stripes, sets)

  • inductive / deductive / abductive approaches to coding

  • reorganising coding schemes (moving, merging, aggregating, using sets)

  • auto-coding for structure (speaker-coding & auto-coding two or more levels of structure)

  • sophisticated retrieval (advanced find, matrix queries, crosstabs)

  • visualising, retrieving and querying coded data,

  • data organisation (attribute-values, sets, search-folders)

  • visual interrogation and presentation (maps, charts)

  • analysing survey data,

  • analysing visual and social-media data

  • presenting findings visually


The course can use sample data, although preferably your own research material, to learn NVivo’s functionalities in your own context.


Basic knowledge of NVivo: you should have been using NVivo for at least a few months on a real project in order to get the most from this workshop.


All participants are expected to have at least (as a minimum) the following experience with using NVivo (most will have a lot more):

  • you have created a project, used folders to create a basic framework for your project;

  • you are familiar with navigating around the software using the main menu ribbons, the Navigation bar down the left of the screen, and through the right mouse click menus;

  • you have imported data files (although you may have some questions about the specifics of working with certain types of data, e.g. survey data, visual data, etc.);

  • you have done at least some early coding work using Nodes, and be familiar with locating coded passages, and writing memos.


Participants are encouraged to bring with them a copy of an NVivo project to work on during the workshop.


Participants will be required to complete a short pre-workshop questionnaire to enable the tutor to focus and tailor the training specifically to attendees’ requirements.



This course is tailored to you and can be provided as either a one, two, or three day equivalent session. The exact content will be worked up with you on the basis of participants’ likely uses and need. 


Who is this course aimed at?


This training is usually delivered to research teams and institutions and on graduate programmes, although the course is completely tailorable to your organisation.


In addition, we also provide bespoke project support and consultancy, as well as one-to-one support and coaching for individual researchers and students.  

Format and documentation


All our workshops are hands-on, delivered thorough a blend of demonstration, discussion and practical exercises, rather than providing simplistic, mechanical instruction.


To deliver a tailored experience for participants, we work closely with you to understand their research goals and analytical strategies. Participants will be required to complete a short pre-workshop questionnaire to enable the tutor to focus and tailor the training specifically to attendees’ requirements and cover the most salient topics, as well as specialist needs arising out of individual projects.


Participants are provided with slide decks, reading lists and a range of resources to accompany the course and to support consolidation of the topics covered.


Does this sound right for you? Interested in finding out more? Not quite right, but looking for something similar? Drop us a line to see how we can help. 

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