Announcing – 2 Day NVivo Training Workshops – Dublin

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Announcing – 2 Day NVivo Training Workshops – Dublin

Enroll for 1 or 2 daysWe are running a two day NVivo Training workshop in Dublin on the 26th and 27th of March, 2020. These workshops will be delivered by Ben Meehan.The workshops  come Marchwith free and unlimited post training, one-to-one online support for each participant for the life of their first project using NVivo, including PhD projects. This personal support is delivered by means of a very user friendly system where the trainer logs on to your computer and works one-to-one with you as you incrementally apply the tools, concepts and protocols taught in the workshop on your live data. Support session are run during the day, in the evenings and on Saturdays. You are not limited by duration or frequency of support sessions. You can have this tuition as often as you deem necessary to optimise your data and use NVivo to demonstrate rigour in your data analysis. The workshop also includes colour printed workbooks, electronic resources, lunch and snacks.  Click here to register for both days or to register for one day, email your request to:

If you are funded and do not wish to pay online, you can still reserve  your place by arranging for an invoices to be sent to your funding organisation. Purchase orders or written confirmation from the funder are required for delegates requesting invoices. To arrange registration by this means, please send your request to this address Venue: Grand Hotel Malahide County Dublin – Ireland – Book your place now!

Course Outlines – Click on links below

Day 1- Introduction to NVivo – setting up your qualitative database

Day 2- NVivo Underway – analysing your data

We look forward to meeting you on the day(s) and learning about your research project.


Using Clustering as a Tool: Mixed Methods in Qualitative Data Analysis

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This webinar on using Using Clustering as a Tool: Mixed Methods in Qualitative Data Analysis was delivered by Dr, Laura Macia, PhD and is worth watching for anyone interested in understanding and utilising cluster analysis in NVivo:


NVivo 1-to-1 support for your Student Groups

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NVivo 1-to-1 NVivo Training & Consultancy Support for your Student Groups

QDATRAINING is proud to add a new service to it’s NVivo training and consultancy services for 2018.

Course designers and administrators can now avail of 1 to 5 year NVivo support contracts for student groups. This is exactly the same service enjoyed by researchers who attend our two day NVivo workshops (free and unlimited to all participants for the life of their first project using NVivo), and those that pay by the hour for one-to-one training and consultancy as thay had not previously attend our workshops.

This offering is designed to target student groups who may not have training with us but still require one-to-one support beyond that provided in-house in their institution. The support contract is for a defined period (typically one year) and the cost will depend on the number of students requiring access to the service and the scope of the qualitative data analysis being undertaken (taught masters, masters by research, professional doctorate or PhD levels of analysis).

Prices are on application but if you would like a customs quotation for your student group, please use the “contact us” form below to provide us with relevant information about your student group and include preferred method of contact for your personalised quotation:

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Interested in Researching Vulnerable Groups – don’t miss this opportunity

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Perspectives on hidden victims’Findings of three new innovative studies’ – 27th April 2017, Room KBG-12 Kemmy Business School

If you’re interested in researching vulnerable groups, then don’t miss a one day programme being run by the Centre for Crime, Justice & Victim Studies, School of Law, University of Limerick at the above venue and date. You will be in the company of: Dr Sean Redmond, Adjunct Professor of Youth Justice, School of Law, Dr Nicola Carr, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Nottingham and Dr Johnny Connolly, Irish Research Council Fellow, Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies, School of Law, University of Limerick. You will lear of three fasinating studies centering on vulnerable study populations. Dr. Redmond will present the findings and other outcomes from his study into the influence of criminal networks in children’s offending behaviour in Ireland 2010-2014. Sr Carr will describe her study which highlights the processes through which young people become subject to paramilitary ‘justice’ and their negotiation of the multiple risks they face  while Dr. Connolly will outline his research into drug-related intimidation of drug users and their families, mostly caused by drug debt.  but the best part of the day will be the opportunity to attend a masterclass in the afternoon which will be informal (so limited to 20 PLACES) so you will have an opportunity to interact with all three leaders in their fields of research and learn about their experiences in researching vulnerable groups.

Full details here:

New & Easier Coding Functions in NVivo 11 for Windows

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See the new coding features incorporated into the latest NVivo 11 update for Windows which greatly simplify coding data:

Importing EndNote to NVivo for MAC

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Here is a useful video from QSR on the practical steps for importing from EndNote into NVivo for MAC:

New Features NVivo 11 – Windows – Visualizations

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Kathy Charmaz Discusses Constructivist Grounded Theory

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For anyone embarking on constructivist a grounded theory project, you might want to consider investing an hour viewing this excellent discussion with between Professor Charmaz and Graham Gibbs from the University of Huddersfield. This interview offers some wonderful insights into how one might develop an analytical strategy for qualitative data analysis based on Professor Charmaz’s philosophical and practical approach to Grounded Theory.

NVivo 11 Suite is Announced

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NVivo 11 is on the way

NVivo 11 is on the way

NVivo 11 is on the way

QSR International have announced the imminent release of an NVivo 11 suite. The release date will be October, 2015 with some pretty significant changes to look forward to. The big change will be the splitting of the Windows product into three editions described as “STARTER”, “PRO” and “PLUS”. 

NVivo 11 – STARTER will be for text base analysis with simple query and visualizations tools available

NVivo 11 – PRO  wil be for researchers using a wide variety of data source types such as surveys and social media as just two examples. There will be new visualizations and an enhanced user experience

NVivo 11 – PLUS  will include all the functionality of NVivo 11 PRO plus social network analysis tools and some really cool innovative research automation features. 

NVivo for MAC continues to add new functionality with every service pack release

NVivo Server will become NVivo for Teams with multi user capabilities for easier administration and collaboration amongst research teams.

You can get full information here and for continued updates from QSR ahead of the October release:

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Conducting Inter-rater Reliability Testing in NVivo

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 Avoiding the Classic Mistakes

We get a lot of queries through our website from people who are grappling with the practical application of inter-rater reliability testing in NVivo. This can be a frustrating experience as the entire coding exercise, which often involves multiple coders, sometimes has to be repeated because the test was not set up correctly in the first place. By the time people come to us for help, they have frequently made some classic mistakes already and wasted precious time to boot. This article aims to help readers identify the common pitfalls before they run their tests. It assumes the concept of inter-rater reliability testing is understood and the frustration as reported comes from not being able to conduct the test using NVivo, or from experiencing difficulty understanding and reporting on the results. There are plenty of resources out there already for getting to grips with the concept so we will not cover those in this article:’s_kappa

We will endeavor to demystify the process in NVivo under four headings:

·         Understanding user accounts in NVivo

·         Setting up a coding comparison query

·         Understanding and reporting the results

·         Essential “do’s and don’ts”

Understanding user accounts in NVivo

Some people do not realise that you can have user accounts in NVivo. Before conducting the test, it is essential that you set up a user account for each coder and change a default setting in NVivo which forces the user to log in every time they run NVivo. This must be done on each computer you intend to use during the test as coders may be remote. To do this go to File->Options and change the setting below to ‘Prompt for user on launch’

This will force coders to identify themselves to NVivo before they begin coding. Adding new users is as easy as writing in a new user name and initials. If you don’t set up user names NVivo will take the Windows logged in user name and initials by default. You are now ready to allow your coders to commence coding the same transcript. More details here:

Setting up a coding comparison query

In this example, we will use the standard tutorial project preloaded with NVivo so all readers automatically have a copy of this query to play with. Go to Queries and right click on the query called “Coding comparison of Wanda to Effie and Henry for Thomas interview”.  Select query properties and click on the ‘Coding Comparison’ tab in the dialogue box. You will see how easy it is to set up these queries:

Keep the query simple to start with so you can understand the results more easily. Perhaps just two coders, one transcript and a reasonably small number of nodes.  You are now ready to run the test and analyse the results. More details on setting up your query may be found here:

Understanding and reporting the results

The query results report by displaying both ‘Percentage Agreement’ and ‘Kappa Coefficient’. This can be confusing because they are not using the same logic to report. You do have the option in the dialogue box to choose one and/or the other. The query result looks like this:

Kappa scores between zero and one depending on levels of agreement/disagreement while the percentage report shows some more detail. For me, the best part of this query result is the fact that you can drill down on any line to get a more visual representation of the specifics behind levels of agreement/disagreement. If you double click on the first line of the query result this is what you will see:

The illustration above shows where the coders agreed/disagreed in relation to the source content coded. However, by clicking on an individual coder’s stripe, I can see exactly what was coded by each coder as NVivo will highlight the exact text coded by that person.   In addition, if I switch on the coding sub-stripes to compare what nodes they coded this content to, I will get a more holistic view of agreement levels. You can do this by right clicking on the coder’s stripe and selecting ‘Show Sub-Stripes->More Sub-Stripes. Using this option, I can filter the coding stripes to see all or some of the nodes each coder coded that segment to.

Export your query results to Excel and insert an average cell formula to see how agreement levels compare across Thomas’s entire transcript:

This exercise gives us an average Kappa score of 0.55 across the entire transcript or 0.69 if the one area of total disagreement is excluded

Essential “do’s and don’ts”

Learning from your mistakes may not be a great idea for this particular query as your coders may get less cooperative if you have to ask them to repeat the coding should the query fail due to not being set up correctly. So I have put together some common errors and omissions that we have encountered in our training and support work.


  • Change the default setting to force users to log in.
  • Setup your user accounts for each coder.
  • Conduct the testing as early as possible in the life of the project so as to align   thinking. Especially if your coders are going to work remotely.
  • Copy the project file to participating  coders when using stand-alone projects.
  • Keep the test in manageable proportions.
  • Import project files from remote coders (take backups first in case anything goes wrong).
  • Check  for duplicate users after import and merge as may be necessary (this can happen if coders are inconsistent in how they log in. I might log in as ‘BM’   today and ‘B.M.’ tomorrow).
  • Discuss  results and retest if necessary.


  • Ask a coder to participate if their  version of NVivo is later than yours. They will be able to open your file but  as NVivo is not backward compatible you will not be able to import their work   without upgrading the software.
  • Ask a coder to participate if your own coding processes are quite advanced. You will have changed your thinking several times through coding and re-coding the data so you will likely get a poor result. Ask the coder to code against your initial codes.
  • Running a coding comparison query using multiple transcripts, coders and nodes will result in a very big report which might be difficult to make sense of. Breaking the query up to compare sub-sets will make interpreting and reporting of results much easier.
  • Edit any sources during the coding test as this will also cause duplication of sources on import and the test will not work.   Should this happen, you will have to repeat the whole process.

Watch a video to see how it’s done:

Click here to see a brief video of these steps:

Ben Meehan is a fulltime independent trainer and consultant for computer aided qualitative data analysis systems (CAQDAS) for the past thirteen years. His company, QDATRAINING PLC is based in Ireland. He works primarily in Ireland, the UK, France & Germany, Africa and the East Coast of the USA.