Course Outline

Introduction to NVivo 8 – Two Day Training Workshop

Day 1: Setting up your NVivo Database


Introduction – why use a computer for qualitative analysis?

The theoretical project

Designing, formatting and importing a document

Managing digital data

Linking text using annotations, memos, hyperlinks and see also links


Reviewing coding

Managing nodes

Using text search to explore data 


Recording information about your participants using attributes.

Creating sets for data interrogation

Exploring Relationships

Searching data—analysis techniques.

Modelling ideas generated from data. 

Day 2: Analysing your data

All day

Data Analysis:

It is compulsory for to have completed day one in order to be able to participate in day two OR to be an experienced Nvivo user. The objective of this workshop is to conduct a piece of analysis using raw data and a research question. By the end of the session, the participants will have:

Set up a database with a robust architecture

Analysed the data using queries and manual analysis where appropriate

Reported on the findings

Research Question:

Will the Government win the next general election?

If not, why not?

Data collection:

Mixed method questionnaire collecting demographics along with quantitative and qualitative questions


Import Questionnaires

Import Quantitative data and match cases

Use coding query (simple) to address part 1 of the research question

Target a participant set and use coding query (advanced) to group them

Auto-code their qualitative responses to a single node

Code on their responses to identify reasons for change

Share information using annotations

Generate preliminary findings using memos (proposition/summary statements)

Further interrogate data by automated  coding on by demographic value (gender) using an advanced coding query

Use text search to augment manual coding and integrate results

Use a compound query to refine searches

Test preliminary findings against demographics to further explore/analyse results using short graphical queries

Pull findings together by creating relationship nodes and code data to them

Export results and report graphically on weighting of concerns

Share/report data with non NVivo users using HTML export

Use matrix for deeper integration/exploration of relationships within the data

Model findings

Report findings

Open Session:

Finally, there will be an open session at the end of the workshop to facilitate people who wish to work with their own data which will also provide the opportunity for a question and answer dialogue where all parties to the workshop can learn from each other


Apply by registering on line –

Pembroke Lane

Dublin 4

Tel: 003531 4429719







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