NVivo 10: First Steps

Pretty regularly, I am asked to do NVivo trainings.  Remember, that NVivo is a qualitative analysis software package.  Often, requests are by faculty who are thinking about adding a qualitative component to their research or maybe they are thinking about doing a qualitative research project.  Sometimes faculty requests are rather specific (they might need some specific help with a type of coding or such), but for the most part, a lot of people just need help getting off the ground with NVivo.

The Basics:

QSR International offers a free two week trial of NVivo.  A license for an Individual Starter Pack will set you back $700, while a 2-year license for the Pro license is $710.  There is a fundamentals course that can be added on for $100.

This is all well and good.  But the best part is that QSR International has a Youtube Channel with 21 “how-to” videos to get up and running.  The hits:

Importing PDFs in NVivo 10 in 1 minute:

Creating codes (read: nodes) in NVivo 10 in 2 minutes:

Creating a word frequency query in NVivo 10 in 4 minutes:

Actually pretty great.

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Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

Jessica Bishop-Royse is the SSRC’s Senior Research Methodologist. Her areas of interest include: health disparities, demography, crime, methods, and statistics. She often finds herself navigating the fields of sociology, demography, epidemiology, medicine, public health, and policy. She was broadly trained in data collection, Stata, quantitative research methodology, as well as statistics. She has experience with multi-level analyses, survival analyses, and multivariate regression. Outside of the work context, Jessi is interested in writing, reading, travel, photography, and sport.

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