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  • Interested in Researching Vulnerable Groups – don’t miss this opportunity 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 …
  • New & Easier Coding Functions in NVivo 11 for Windows 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 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
  • Kathy Charmaz Discusses Constructivist Grounded Theory 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 …
  • NVivo 11 Suite is Announced 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 – …
  • Conducting Inter-rater Reliability Testing in NVivo
     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 …
  • What is Mixed-Methods
    What is Mixed Methods?
    Mixed methods have become very popular in recent years and QDATRAINING now finds itself training and consulting in disciplines that were traditionally quantitative methods orientated. Our experience in the workshops suggests that people frequently think of mixed methods as two parallel processes rather than a truly integrated approach (including integrated data) resulting in …
  • Excel to NVivo
    Importing from Excel into NVivo (Datasets) and Autocoding
    We’ve just posted a tutorial video for importing mixed methods questionnaires in Excel into NVivo. It’s a question that comes up a lot both in our workshops and through on-line training and consultancy services. With the explosion in mixed methods research now and new and better tools in …
  • We’re gearing up for MAC The developers of NVivo, QSR International have just announced that they will be releasing full MAC version of NVivo 10 in the last quarter of 2013. This is great news for trainers because having to run Windows Parallels or similar software on MAC operating systems was becoming increasingly inconvenient for those researchers who prefer to …
  • Defining the Constant Comparison Method Analytical Strategy using the Constant Comparative Method
    The methodology adopted by this study is based on the constant comparative method according to Maykut and Morehouse (1994) who draw on the work of Glaser and Strauss (1967) and Lincoln and Guba (1985) in their development of this methodological framework. As Maykut and Morehouse (1994) point out: “words …
  • QDATRAINING IN Williamsburg NC – USA – The college of William & Mary
    We recently had the privilege of running a two day workshop in The College of William and Mary in  Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The session was organized by Dr. Pam Eddy, of the School of Education who is an Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar who happened to have conducted primary research in Ireland in 2009 and more particularly, …
  • Relationship Nodes in NVivo
    I responded to a query on the LinkedIn NVivo user group today from someone asking for general ideas and interesting ways of using relationship nodes in NVivo. He said:
    I’ve finished coding & analysing my pilot data. I’ve realised that the content of a Parent Node A broadly comes before Parent Node B. I’m trying to …
  • Printing Coding Stripes in NVivo 7, 8 or 9
    Printing coding stripes from NVivo 7, 8, 9 or 10 has long since been a source of complaint from users of this website. We are promised a report to make this possible and EASY with the release of NVivo 10 scheduled for June, 2012. I really hope this proves to be the case because we …
  • On-line NVivo Consultation
    On-line Consultancy – more than ‘click here’ training!
    Sometimes, it’s not ‘click here’ training that qualitative researchers need. It can be a whole range of additional supports. It may be conceptual rather than technical such as getting help to develop an analytical strategy for your project that is entirely consistent with your chosen data analysis methodology and …
  • Using NVivo for your Audit Trail – demonstrating rigour in your analysis and supporting your findings
    I received an e-mail this morning from a US client who we are working one-to-one with. He is very competent with NVivo and has completed his coding using the tool. The thrust of his e-mail was that he had completed his coding and where to from here? I’ve posted my entire reply below with only …
  • Using NVivo for Framework Analysis
    Framework analysis is a qualitative data analysis method developed by the National Centre for Social Research  (NatCen)  and which up to recently had its own software package. With the release of NVivo version 9.1 last October came an announcement of a decision by NatCen to cease using their own software and work with QSR International, the NVivo …
  • New Course – NVivo Live
    A One Day NVivo Training & Consultancy Group Workshop
    Day 3 – Working with live data
    Following the success of the first course The workshop will be delivered again in University of Limerick on the 4th of May, 2012 by Ben Meehan of QDATRAINING
    Who should attend?
    This workshop is designed for researchers who have completed initial NVivo training, …
  • Making sense of the coding comparrison query in NVivo
    Some people find it difficult to read the returns from a  ‘coding comparison query’ in NVivo. It is a confusing report. The percentage element of the report uses the total number of measurable units in the source (words in the case of a text file) and so the levels of agreement are a ratio of the total document. However, if …
  • Guidelines for preparing for the qualitative interview
    Guidelines for preparing for the qualitative interview
    We recently launched a qualitative interview skills course in National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and it was delivered by Dr. Toni Owens, PhD.
    The course came about as a result of the success of our “Nvivo ready formatted” transcription service. During the course of this work, we …
  • QUALMAT Work Package 5 – a jewel in the crown
    QUALMAT Work Package 5 – important in building capacity
    I am writing this article as a follow up to one I wrote last May when I first came into contact with the QUALMAT project.

    The reason I am writing this blog to you is to make you aware of something very interesting which the university of Heidelberg …

  • NEW Interview Skills Course Launched
    Planning your qualitative interview or focus group
    We have just launched a new half day workshop on interviewing skills. The reason we have designed this course is because of the quality of some of the transcripts coming to our NVivo formatted  transcription service. Poor ability to conduct a qualitative interview to the requisite standard can pose a …
  • Focus Group Guidelines
    Guideline for Preparing your Focus Group
    Over the past decade, we have been involved directly and indirectly in planning, running and managing data from many focus groups. A lot of things can go wrong during a focus group. People sometimes come to a focus group with an agenda. The response you get may not be linked …
  • QUALMAT & Heidelberg Workshops
    QUALMAT –Executive Summary
    QUALMAT is a collaborative health care intervention research project aimed at improving pre-natal and maternity care in sub Saharan Africa in the context of quality deficiencies at the point of service delivery due to low staff motivation. The project is being co-ordinated by Professor Rainer Sauerborn of the Institute of Public Health, University Hospital, …
  • Recent French Workshops
    Hi all! We have now completed these French workshops and they were a wonderful experience. Apart from the fact that they were a fantastic group to work with, the feedback we got from Bernard Forgues, who is Professor of Organizational Theory and Director of the PhD Programme at Emlyon Business School which is the sixth most …
  • Research Design for Teams using an NVivo Database
    I was recently asked to put together a checklist for Principal Investigators of team projects (especially remote teams) who plan on deploying an NVivo database for their project. I’ve posted it here as it may assist qualitative researchers in thinking through all the pros and cons whilst planning their team projects:
    Research Design – Team Project
    Data …
  • Mozambique Workshops – a lot of learning!
    We have just completed a very interesting week long series of workshops in Mozambique. They were interesting because we learned a great deal from them. The workshops were arranged by Susan Bradley from the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College, Dublin. They were challenging because we were unsure before arrival as to the levels of …
  • NVivo Help and Support At QDATRAINING, we are aiming to build a ‘knowledge base’ of NVivo users training needs. A place where people can log in and and discover if someone else has had the same training issue as them. So, please feel free to post your question here and, apart from getting a response from an NVivo trainer within one …