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Qualitative Research and Data : Data Analysis

This guide contains links to information, resources, and tools that support various aspects of qualitative research.

Data Analysis

Tools for Qualitative Data Analysis:

Christian Schmieder at the UW Cooperative Extension is an expert on qualitative data analysis and software. He has taught close to 150 workshops, lectures and guided work sessions on qualitative data analysis and the use of qualitative data analysis software (MAXQDA, NVIVO, ATLAS.TI, Dedoose). At UW-Cooperative Extension, he develops the Data Jam Toolkit, a curriculum focusing on teaching analytic literacy through use of qualitative data analysis software. You can also find guides on qualitative analysis and software on his personal website.

Tom Durkin offers both classroom and individualized training for the NVivo application through the campus libraries. NVivo is a popular qualitative data analysis software application that can be used to analyze interview transcripts and textual survey responses. NVivo facilitates the storage and organization of data, and provides text coding and analytical tools. Certain UW-Madison affiliates may be able download NVivo for free from the campus Software Library:

MERIT Library provides information about QDA (qualitative data analysis) tools and supports on this page. It includes links to WCER-ADS (an application delivery service that is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research) and Transana, a sofware tool capable of analyzing data in a variety of formats (e.g. audio, text, video, image, and survey). WCER-ADS offers a variety of statistical software packages at no cost to members of the School of Education. Additional software titles are available by request and/or with a user-purchased license, and there is a software hosting option for users. 
The MERIT Library resource page also provides hints and guides for using various types of software during qualitative research.