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Introduction to MAXQDA Training

Learn how to analyse qualitative data using MAXQDA like the experts do.  

This course is a tailored introduction to using MAXQDA for qualitative data analysis.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand the structure of MAXQDA 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 MAXQDA's tools powerfully

  • Set up an MAXQDA project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses

  • Identify MAXQDA tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks

  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued MAXQDA use.


At the end of this course, you will learn to set up a project, code, retrieve and visualise data.


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

  • Contextual discussions – developmental, methodological and analytical principles

  • Software overview – interface, architecture, components, actions and tools

  • Analytic planning – introduction to the Five-Level QDA method as a tool for harnessing MAXQDA powerfully

  • Guided instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of MAXQDA 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, but examples of what can be included:

  • MAXQDA Overview – principles of MAXQDA and overview of software components

  • Mindsets for powerful use – distinguishing between analytic strategies and software tactics

  • Software tools for Discourse Analysis – overview of key functionality supporting Discourse Analysis

  • Tools for exploring data -Lexical Searches, MAXDictio, Paraphrasing, Memos and Comments

  • Conceptualising data via coding – inductive / deductive coding processes, and retrieval

  • Organising data to factual characteristics – using variables to capture known and analytic ‘facts’

  • Interrogating relationships – tools for identifying patterns and relationships

  • Representing findings and writing up results – visualising and exporting


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


Although no previous knowledge of MAXQDA is required, participants should have some familiarity with qualitative research.

You can download a free trial version of MAXQDA here.


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.


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.  


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. 


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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