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Christina Silver

Self-paced, on-demand, comprehensive introduction to MAXQDA workshop so you can learn in your own time, at your own speed.

This seminar introduces you to harnessing MAXQDA to accomplish qualitative and mixed-methods analysis.


Led by Christina Silver, an expert in the field, the seminar illustrates the use of software tools as described in the CAQDAS pedagogy, the Five-Level QDA method, providing a theoretical understanding of the role of MAXQDA in the analysis process, and practical experience of using it to accomplish a variety of analytic tasks.


You will be guided through the typical phases of an analysis and how they can be facilitated through the creative and systematic use of MAXQDA. 

Harnessing MAXQDA for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data Analysis

Academic research is increasingly recognising the importance of qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis. The ability to harness powerful software like MAXQDA for this purpose is a crucial skill for PhD students, professors, and professional researchers. This one-day workshop, 'Harnessing MAXQDA for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data Analysis', led by Christina Silver from the CAQDAS Networking Project, University of Surrey, and Qualitative Data Analysis Services, is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively use MAXQDA in their research. Christina Silver, a renowned expert in the field, will provide invaluable insights and hands-on training, making this workshop an unmissable opportunity for those seeking to enhance their research capabilities.

This seminar provides you with a comprehensive introduction to MAXQDA and how to harness its tools powerfully. The seminar combines discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, using sample data and (optionally) your own research data. It follows the principles described in Woolf & Silver (2018) Qualitative Analysis using MAXQDA, the Five-Level QDA® method which details the process of harnessing MAXQDA powerfully.
The seminar is divided into four topics over the day, and includes the following teaching and learning activities:


  1. Contextual illustrations – methodological and analytical principles, uses of MAXQDA in different contexts (e.g. for literature reviewing, for analysis of empirical data collected for a specific study, for secondary analysis of qualitative materials) 

  2. Software demonstrations – interface, architecture, components, actions and tools

  3. Guided Instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of MAXQDA and the use of tools for analytic tasks

  4. Individual work - to consolidate understandings and put learning into practice in own contexts

You will be guided through the phases of an analysis and how to accomplish them using MAXQDA’s tools creatively and systematically. This includes planning an analysis and creating structural frameworks to reflect initial research designs; familiarizing with qualitative materials (at an in-depth interpretive level and at a higher content-based level); coding qualitative data using different analytic approaches (contrasting inductive, grounded approaches and deductive, topic or theoretically informed approaches); exploring the role and use of generative AI tools within MAXQDA; using software tools to capture reflections through writing, mapping and linking; organizing data to factual characteristics; interrogating patterns and relationships to identify themes, make comparisons and explore anomalies; and using visualisations to communicate findings in engaging and powerful ways.


Combining demonstrations, discussions, presentations, group-work and feedback, you are encouraged to bring project data with you to work with and discuss during the sessions, although sample materials will also be available to use.

In conclusion, this workshop is a must-attend for any academic researcher looking to enhance their qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis skills.

With the expert guidance of Christina Silver, participants will be well-equipped to harness the power of MAXQDA in their research. 

Topics covered: 

  • MAXQDA in the analytic workflow

  • Common analytic activities

  • The Five-Level QDA method for harnessing MAXQDA powerfully

  • Planning and setting-up a MAXQDA project

  • Overview of MAXQDA components

  • Content-based explorations (words, phrases, patterns)

  • Marking, paraphrasing and commenting

  • Using AI Assist (beta) to explore and summarise

  • Implementing inductive, deductive and combined coding approaches

  • Applying variables the the units in an analysis

  • Using document sets to group data

  • Managing analytic notes using Memos

  • Using the QTT tool to gather and interpret insights

  • Making comparisons using matrix browsers and crosstabs

  • Using maps, models and charts to visualise connections

  • Using MAXQDA to enhance and illustrate quality

This seminar is available through, Instats, our partner organisation 

For this on-demand seminar, all videos and material (including program input, output, data, and slides) will be available for 30 days after you activate your enrollment, which you can do anytime after you purchase the on-demand seminar.


An official Instats certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of the seminar.


For European students, our seminars offer 2 ECTS Equivalent points, which is indicated on the certificate of completion that is provided at the conclusion of each seminar (see the Instats FAQ for details).

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