Using qualitative software in policy researchPresentation Transcript
Using Qualitative Software in Policy Research GWIPP Brownbag By Susanne Beechey and Leah Curran
Why Use Software?
You could use Excel to do quantitative research…
You could use Word to do qualitative research….
But there is better software to facilitate systematic research.
Why Use Software for Policy Research?
Free researcher to focus on thinking (not calculating or organzing)
Be more systematic
Be more transparent
Process large amounts of data or process data in detailed fashion
Why Use Qualitative Software?
Bring together work from multiple people easily into one document
Organize and systematize analysis
Connect individual data points
Map ideas across multiple data points or documents
Help you abstract from data to ideas while still staying close to data
Supports iterative process
Connect ideas directly to data easily
What Does Qualitative Software NOT Do?
Do the analysis or coding for you
Teach you how to do the analysis
Take a class or at a minimum read some books
Provide methodological or analytic framework or proscribe one type of analysis
By using this software you are not automatically doing grounded theory, though you can do grounded theory using this software.
Qualitative Software Is Flexible
Not just counting words, though you can
Inductive and deductive and everything in between
Can start with list of codes to look for in data
Can create data from codes
Key Tasks Supported by Most Software Packages
Planning and managing project
Writing analytic memos
Reading, marking and commenting on data
Searching for strings, words, phrases, etc
Developing coding scheme
Retrieving of coded segments
Searching database and coding schemes
What Packages Are Available?
Free limited trial version (size limited, not time limited)
Atlas.ti Education price $510
Atlas.ti Student price (full version with student discount) $160
NVivo by QSR International
NVivo2 + NU*DIST6 (or N6) = NVivo7 in 2006
Free 30-day trial (full size)
NVIVO 8 Education price $595
NVivo 8 Student (12 month license) $240
HyperResearch (for Mac, too)
Qualitative Research for Human Sciences Listserve (QUALRS-L) from University of Georgia http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/qualrs-l.html
Qualitative Research Page at University of Georgia http:// www.qualitativeresearch.uga.edu/QualPage /
This is a diverse online community of qualitative researchers from around the world, both practitioners and academics. There are a number of very helpful and generous senior qualitative researchers on this list who frequently respond to questions from those who are new to qualitative research. Reading the archives is an interesting introduction to various debates and tools in the field.
Qualitative and Multi-method Research Section of APSA