NVivo for qualitative research

We first learned about NVivo software from Rosie Frasso who teaches in the Masters in Public Health program, and after that, we suddenly started receiving many questions and requests about it from around campus. As the vendor describes, “NVivo 10 helps you to easily organize and analyze data in documents, audio, video, spreadsheets, social media and web pages.” In April, we set aside two workstations in WIC for a 30-day trial for the software. Over the summer, we collaborated with our technology support folks, and thanks to their help, NVivo should soon be available on all the PCs throughout Penn Libraries. On October 11, we are glad to present our first workshop on NVivo with our guest presenter Shimrit Keddem. Do you use NVivo? Please do share your experiences and ideas as we get started exploring this new software tool.

4 thoughts on “NVivo for qualitative research

  1. So happy to hear that Nvivo will be available to students in VanPelt! Thanks so much to Anu for making this happen. Many of my students have used this software to facilitate analysis of qualitative data. For example in SW781, a course I teach to both MPH and MSW students, we conducted a series of in depth interviews exploring the meaning of disparities on, and around, the Penn campus. Now a small group of former students from that class are using Nvivo to code these data and we are presenting this work at the national Public Health meeting in San Francisco at the end of this month. There are many advantages to doing this type of analysis aided by software — in this case Nvivo allowed our team to effectively and systematically collaborate during the coding process. Several current MPH students who are working on their Capstone projects have already begun to use Nvivo in Van Pelt. I hope they post and tell you all about their work.


  2. See also QDA Miner Lite. It’s a free computer assisted qualitative data analysis software. This new freeware provides an easy-to-use tool for coding, annotating and analyzing collections of documents and images such as interview or focus-group transcripts, journal articles, web pages, or customer feedback.

    QDA Miner Lite has been designed to meet the basic needs of researchers and analysts performing qualitative data analysis. This CAQDAS tool is ideal for those on tiny budgets (or no budget) or those who wish to teach qualitative research in classes.

    For more information go to: http://provalisresearch.com/products/qualitative-data-analysis-software/freeware/


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