Managing qualitative data analysis
economically, efficiently, and effectively
using Weft QDA
Download and install to PC from: http://www.pressure.to/qda
Convert Word documents of transcriptions to plain text files (.txt file extension)
1. File > Save as…
2. Choose Other Formats
3. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see “Save as type” with a drop-down menu
4. Scroll in that menu and choose Plain Text (*.txt)
5. This will strip your document of all formatting (font face, size, styles)
6. It’s best to have meaningful names for the titles of your transcription files (i.e., morning-focus-group.txt or john-doe-
Keep all of your plain text files in one folder to stay organized. It’s a good idea to save your Weft QDA file in this folder too.
GETTING STARTED: Open Weft QDA
1. File > New Project (a new window called Documents & Categories will open)
2. Click Import… > choose one or all of your plain text transcription files
3. In the Documents section of the window, you’ll see the names of the files you
4. Double-click one of these to open the transcription (it will open in a new
5. Read through the transcript to get a feel for it
6. Re-read looking for themes
7. When you have discovered a theme, in the Categories window, click on the
8. Click New… > Name it whatever you
9. Highlight a quote or passage in your
document that represents that theme.
10. Click on the name of the category in the
Categories window. It will then show up
in the drop-down menu next to the Mark
11. Click Mark
12. Repeat steps 7-10 until you’re done!
You can use the same themes for each
file you have imported into the project.
13. Categories can be made to be nested. By dragging and dropping them in the Categories window.
14. Click on each category in the Categories window to display evidence (quotes) of that theme in blue text right in the
15. Double-click each category to display a new window of all of the evidence out of context (great for making tables of
quotes representing themes).
Save your project. It will be a .qdp file extension and can only be opened by Weft QDA. When collaborating, you only
have 1 file to share via e-mail! Yay! Have more questions? E-mail Katie Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org.