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Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

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Course Dates and Times

Monday 18 – Friday 22 July 2022
2 hours of live teaching per day
16:00 – 18:00 CEST


Marie-Hélène Paré

This seminar-type course provides a highly interactive online teaching and learning environment, using state of the art online pedagogical tools. It is designed for a demanding audience (researchers, professional analysts, advanced students) and capped at a maximum of 16 participants so that the Instructor can cater to the specific needs of each individual.

Purpose of the course

You will learn how to use NVivo for conducting four methods of qualitative analysis that are very popular, and widely used, in the social sciences:

  • qualitative content analysis
  • thematic analysis
  • cross-case analysis
  • grounded theory

On the last day we look at method integration, that is, the possibility to integrate components of the four methods in a single study.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the aim, objectives, and expected outcomes of the above four methods
  2. Demonstrate how each method suits a given research question
  3. Implement each method’s coding and analysis procedures in NVivo
  4. Generate graphic displays that match each method’s style
  5. Appraise the quality of qualitative studies that used the four methods
  6. Propose situations where methods integration is feasible.
ECTS Credits

3 credits Engage fully with class activities 
4 credits Complete a post-class assignment

Instructor Bio

Marie-Hélène is a highly regarded methodologist who has NVivo Certified Platinum Trainer status. She has shared her expertise in qualitative data analysis with over 60 universities and research centres around the world, including Qatar and Iran. Since 2009, Marie-Hélène has been teaching introductory and advanced courses in qualitative data analysis at the ECPR Methods School. Her areas of methodological interest include qualitative evidence synthesis, decolonising epistemology, and participatory methodologies. Marie-Hélène is dedicated to advancing the field of qualitative data analysis and sharing her knowledge with others.

Key topics covered

This course provides you with advanced understanding and applied skills in conducting qualitative content analysis (Schreier, 2012), thematic analysis (Boyatzis, 1998), cross-case analysis (Miles and Huberman, 1994) and grounded theory (Strauss and Corbin, 1998) using NVivo.

It fills a critical gap in scholarly literature and graduate training by providing step-by-step guidance in how to choose sampling, code data, conduct analysis and present findings of the four methods in a CAQDAS environment.

The first four days are dedicated to the four methods, during which we review each method’s epistemological foundations and sampling requirements. We then proceed in NVivo and implement each method’s coding procedures, pattern-seeking techniques and visualisation styles.

On the last day, we look at the possibility of integrating different components of the five methods in a single study, thus illustrating the promises, but also the potential pitfalls, of method integration.

The course ends with a workshop where you will critically review the criteria published thus far in the qualitative literature for assessing the quality of qualitative analysis. You will put forward recommendations for reporting this phase of qualitative research in theses or articles.

Outside class hours, you will be able to discuss the course content with the teaching assistant, and troubleshoot any problems you might have.  

How the course will work online

The course combines pre-course assignments, such as readings which will be provided beforehand, and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily two-hour live lectures in Zoom, where you will interact with the Instructor and fellow participants in real time.

To prevent Zoom fatigue and boredom, the course pedagogy includes small-group work, short, focused tasks and troubleshooting exercises using a range of online apps that support collective work and engagement with the course content.

This is an advanced course. To follow it successfully, you must have a solid conceptual grounding in the foundations of qualitative analysis, and be an advanced NVivo user – meaning that you can teach a crash NVivo course to colleagues. In class, you should be able to create codes and relationships, work with cases and attributes, create sets, run queries, generate maps and set-up framework matrices independently. The course Introduction to NVivo in week one will give you the basis to successfully follow this course. 

The course uses the latest version of NVivo R.1 for Mac and Windows. You must run this version to successfully attend the course as previous versions (10 or 12) have different interfaces. If this is your situation, or if your university does not provide you with an NVivo license, you can download the NVivo 14-day free trial. The free trial is fully operational, but can't be reinstalled on a same computer once it expires.  

For Mac users: please note that NVivo R.1 for Mac does not currently have all the features of NVivo for Windows. If you are a Mac user and want to learn all the features taught on this course, you must attend using a PC.