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Christina Silver

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

This seminar introduces you to harnessing NVivo 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 NVivo 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 NVivo. 

Harnessing NVivo for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data Analysis

This seminar, taught by leading expert professor Christina Silver, provides you with a comprehensive introduction to NVivo and how to harness its tools powerfully.


The phrase ‘harness NVivo powerfully’ isn’t a fancy way of saying ‘operating NVivo well’, but means learning to take full advantage of the program in every stage of a project while remaining true to the emergent spirit of qualitative research. Learning to do this effectively so that you can use NVivo for your own research is the purpose of this comprehensive 12-part seminar.


The seminar combines discussion, demonstration, and hands-on practice, using sample data and (optionally for you) your own research data. It follows the principles described in Woolf & Silver (2018) Qualitative Analysis using NVivo, the Five-Level QDA® method which details the process of harnessing NVivo powerfully.

This seminar is also part of a 3-seminar series Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Using NVivo, which allows registering for all three seminars with a 10% discount.


This NVivo seminar is divided into nine topics over three days, and includes the following teaching and learning activities:


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

  • Software demonstrations – interface, architecture, components, actions and tools;

  • Guided Instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of NVivo and the use of tools for analytic tasks;

  • Group discussions and feedback - discussion to work on exercises together, explore tasks and feedback; and

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


You will be guided through all the phases of an analysis, with an emphasis on how to accomplish them using NVivo’s tools creatively and systematically. This includes planning an analysis and creating structural frameworks to reflect initial research designs; familiarising 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); using software tools to capture reflections through writing, mapping and linking; organising 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.

Topics covered: 

  • The role of NVivo in the analytic workflow

  • Common Analytic Activities in Qualitative Analysis

  • Using the Five-Level QDA method to ensure the use of NVivo is driven by analytic need

  • Using worksheets to plan and implement computer-assisted analysis

  • Preparing qualitative data for analysis (transcribing and cleaning)

  • Creating structures to reflect research design

  • Data Management (Files, Folders)

  • Qualitative Coding (References, Codes, Coded-References)

  • Organizing features (Cases, Attribute-Values)

  • Interrogating patterns & relationships (Queries, Sets)

  • Taking Notes (Memos, Annotations)

  • Visualizing Connections (Maps, Charts)

  • High-level explorations using queries

  • Low-level explorations using annotations

  • Implementing inductive, deductive and combined qualitative coding approaches

  • Viewing coded data

  • Moving, merging, and splitting qualitative codes

  • Managing the coding scheme using hierarchies, sets and other grouping devices

  • Capturing the units of analysis for classifying purposes

  • Creating, applying and managing factual characteristics

  • Making analytic notes using memos

  • Using maps to explore, create and visualize connections

  • Linking data to express connections

  • Translating skills to your own project context

  • Individual work supported by the tutor

  • Auto-coding for structure

  • Sentiment and theme coding

  • Pattern-based auto-coding

  • Coding queries

  • Matrix and Crosstab queries

  • Scoping and grouping data

  • Charts

  • Diagrams

  • Relationships

  • Export options

  • Illustrating rigour

  • Being transparent

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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